Mr. CAMERON R. McINTOSH (North Battleford) moved:
That, in the opinion of this house, a special committee be appointed for the purpose of considering the advisability of adopting a Canadian flag, representing Canada as a whole, and in which the British flag shall occupy the position of honour, thus symbolizing the Dominion as an equality partner in the commonwealth of British nations.
He said: Mr. Speaker, at the outset may I thank the right hon. Prime Minister (Mr. Bennett) for the statement he made. last Friday to the effect that one more day would be allowed for private members to discuss certain resolutions. I understand the house is adjourning to-night at six o'clock, and in view of the Prime Minister's statement, perhaps at the close of my remarks he will advise the house that the three hours we are going to lose to-night will be made good some other day, in order that hon. members may have an opportunity to express their views on what I think is as important a resolution as any that has ever been brought before this house.
Now, I trust that this resolution will appeal to all hon. members. I should like to see those who sit behind the right hon. Prime Minister give expression to their views. I would not be afraid of doing so if I were one of his supporters. Being afraid gets you nowhere-nowhere in life or in any other place. I should also like to see the members of the Labour party, the Farmers' party and the Liberal party, making up His Majesty's loyal opposition, express their opinions on this subject. I hope the discussion will be on a high plane, that it will be reasoned and logical throughout; not parochial nor provincial, but national and Imperial. I hope that the opinions expressed will not be those of impatience but of patience; not illogical but logical; not impractical but practical; not superheated or jingoistic and noisy, but calm, courageous and dignified. If-