I shall finish in two or three sentences, and then my hon. friend may put his question. I do not think it is too much to ask hon. members in this House to reserve criticism until there is something to criticise. They have anticipated what may
be going to happen in the next few days or the next few weeks, and they have proceeded to criticise, and most of the criticism has been directed against an individual or individuals not in this chamber. It would appear to me to be the sound and proper thing to do, in view of the circumstances, to finish up the actual business of the House in a common sense way, and then go to our homes.
motion carried I wish to call the attention of Your Honour to the fact that five members have voted whose vote can be challenged. However, I do not wish to bring this question up to-night; I am simply calling Your Honour's attention to the fact that I reserve my right to take any further action which may be necessary.
I wish to explain to the House, and with extreme regret, that I was paired with the hon. member for Peace River (Mr. Kennedy) who had retired from the House on account of indisposition, and I cast my vote inadvertently.
Order. The rule is that when a vote has been recorded, when the result has been proclaimed, and when the motion has been declared carried or lost, that expresses the judgment of the House. This principle is to be found in May, who says at page 343 that a vote once given cannot be withdrawn.
As regards the claim made by the hon. member for Nelson that he was paired, May, at page 336, says:
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The^e cannot be any (parliamentary recognition of this practice ((pairing) although it has never been expressly condemned and it is therefore conducted privately by individual members or arranged by gentlemen known as the whips, who are entrusted by their political parties with the office of collecting their respective forces on a division.
Therefore, the . hon. gentleman having voted in the House, the vote must stand as it was proclaimed by the Clerk.