Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, the right hon. Leader of the Opposition (Mr. St. Laurent) asked me what the general plans were with regard to the holiday adjournment. Naturally the desire of the government was to expedite to the limit the business of the house with a view to completion before Christmas, and that was made apparent on a number of occasions. I am not going to enter into the reasons why that now cannot reasonably be anticipated or expected.
Because of that fact, and in order to enable hon. members to make their arrangements accordingly, it is my intention to move that at the conclusion of the day on December 21, at six p.m., the house be adjourned and that it return on Friday, the 3rd day of January, at eleven a.m.
There may be some question raised as to the reason we should not have that entire week, but the position of affairs is such that it will be necessary to move for further interim supply at that time, and any further extension would place the financial situation in a position that is not to be desired. I thought the house should have the information respecting the intention of the government at the earliest possible date, so all members would be able to spend Christmas and New Year's at home.
Subtopic: ANNOUNCEMENT OF ADJOURNMENT OVER HOLIDAY SEASON