I am compelled to raise a point of order, Mr. Speaker. This house must not fall into the practice of having speeches made on the asking of questions. That has been made perfectly clear in the past, and I now ask for a ruling.
not yet addressed the house in the present debate, and t'he proper means of putting before the house what he now wishes to say will be afforded him when he then speaks. The hon. member is not asking a question. He is perfectly aware that ministers do by courtesy answer questions at this time, but the house is not in a mood to listen to a long dissertation or speech, and it is against the rules to make one. The hon. member in his present very responsible position should understand that.