Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)
I would refer the House to the usage as regards the putting of questions on the orders of the day, which will be found in'paragraph 311 of Beauchesne's Parliamentary Rules and Forms, and in Bourinot at pages 364 and 365:
When the orders of the day are called by the Speaker and before they are read by the Clerk Assistant, it is the practice sanctioned by usage but not by any positive rule, for members to make personal explanations or ask questions of the government, in reference to an inaccurate report of their speeches in the official
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charges made against them in the public prints; or in reference to certain remarks which had been misunderstood on a previous occasion, and which they had not before had an opportunity of explaining; or in respect to delay in obtaining returns or to the incompleteness of certain returns brought down under the order of the House; or relative to the state of public business, or other matters of public interest. But these remarks should be brief as they are only tolerated, these being no question before the Chair when they are made, and no discussion should be allowed when a minister has replied to a question nor after a member has made his personal explanation. In asking a question, a member must not attack the conduct of the government. If a member wishes to make personal explanations in reference to remarks which have fallen from another member, the latter ought to be in his place.
Although the matter has already been debated at considerable length in the House, I realize that it is of great importance. However, the question in regard to it should be brief and to the point; and when it is of a complex nature, as this seems to be, notice should be given. At all events, I am quite sure that the members of the government who have listened to the rather involved question put by the hon. member will see that it is answered to-morrow.
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