Before my friend proceeds with the debate, I want to raise a question which I raised before six o'clock, and which was not decided by the Chair. I raised the question that the hon. member for Yamaska was sitting in the House and had not voted, and I claim that I am entitled to a decision, because under the authority of Bourinot at page 504, it is distinctly stated:
If a m-unber of the Commons who has heard the question put does not vote, and the .attention of the Speaker is directed to the fact, the latter will call upon him to declare on which side he votes; and his name will be recorded accordingly.
Now, Sir, I raised the point that you, Mr. Speaker, should call upon the hon. member, to state on which side he voted. That is supported by a number of references, one of which says:
In the English House of Commons, 3rd February 1881, Mr. Speaker informed the House that several members who had given their voices with the noes when the question
.was put, had refused to quit their places, and consequently he had submitted their conduct to the consideration of the House. A number of members were then suspended for refusing to withdraw during the division after having been warned of the consequences by the Speaker.
And not withdrawing during the division would be the same as not voting in this House. I think the hon. member for Yamaska (Mr. Mondou) should be requested by the Chair, to state his reason why he did not vote and on which side he would have voted.