A message from His Royal Highness the Governor General, transmitting Estimates for the yeaT ending March 31, 1917, was presented by Sir Thomas White (Minister of Finance), read by Mr. Speaker to the House, and referred to the Committee of Supply.
APPOINTMENT OF CHAIRMAN OF COMMITTEES.
Robert Laird Borden
(Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)
on a previous occasion, at the opening of this session, when you were nominated for the Chair, I felt called upon, while assenting to your election, to offer some criticism. On this occasion I can endorse the choice of my right hon. friend without any reservation whatever. The hon. member for Cumberland seems >to me eminently fitted for the position to which it is now sought to elect him. He has given proof, on many an occasion, that he is endowed with a just and fair mind-if he will permit me to say so, a mind so just and so fair that I have been sometimes surprised to see him sitting on that side of the House. But, now that he is to sit neither on one side nor on the other, he will have every opportunity to give effect to his better instincts. Therefore it is with great pleasure that I accept his nomination to the office of Chairman of Committees.
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