John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)
Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, with a view to regularizing the proceedings today I will simply say at this time that provided it is acceptable to the opposition, in order to make possible today a discussion of external affairs the Secretary of State for External Affairs will, when the orders of the day are called, follow the course that was taken on March 15, 1957. At that time the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Pearson), then secretary of state for external affairs, moved the following motion:
That this house do now adjourn and that, in order to permit a debate on external affairs, standing order 32(2) shall be suspended in relation thereto.
In that way, following the course that was taken at that time, the house will be in a position to carry out the suggestion made last Friday and have a discussion of foreign affairs. I hope that course will meet with acceptance by all hon. members of the house. 1 simply mention at this time that that course will be followed.
Subtopic: PROCEDURE FOR INITIATION OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS DEBATE