This affords me an opportunity to say that my right hon. friend's consent is not meeting me at all. It may meet the convenience of the public. When we discussed the question as to the amount of the supply hill, whether one-twelfth or otie-sixth should be passed, the right hon.
gentleman thought that a month was ample, and we acted on that consent. I believe that last year it was made one-sixth, at least on one occasion. I thought that probably the house might hope to prorogue within a week or ten days and it might not be a matter of tremendous importance. But in view of representations made to me this morning as to the situation in city communities, and the undesirability perhaps of credit being asked for, with a possible refusal, I said that I would ask the opposition for their consent to a bill being passed. If the opposition does not desire that it should fee done in the public interest, then I assure them that as far as I am concerned personally, it does not matter because matters of this kind are never matters of personal interest. One who has to discharge a public duty discharges that duty as well as he can. It cannot possibly be considered a matter of accommodation to me, it is a matter of public interest. If it is thought to be in the public interest, and I believe it is, then I ask the right hon. gentleman to agree to its being done, as a matter of public interest and not as an obligement. There is no question of personal accommodation in this matter, and I never took that view while I occupied the position of leader of the opposition.
So far as the future business of the house is concerned, the measures to be dealt with are those arising out of the budget resolutions and those, with I think three exceptions, now before the house. There is a public measure dealing with an amendment to the Red Cross Act. A serious situation has arisen because of the proceedings before a committee of this house. I have not asked the house to agree to morning sittings because that committee is sitting. It is a committee charged with very important duties and in the light of what transpired to-day and with respect to which the government has not yet had an opportunity to consider its future action, it may be that legislation will have to be submitted to this house for the purpose of compelling the attendance of certain witnesses who have declined to attend. The passing of a statute may be necessary or it may be that the matter can be dealt with by a royal commission. I cannot make any statement as to what the future business may be until such time as we have had an opportunity to determine what course of action will be taken in connection with this matter.
Subtopic: LEGISLATION TO BE BROUGHT DOWN-PROBABLE DURATION OF SESSION