April 16, 1935 (17th Parliament, 6th Session)


Pierre Édouard Blondin (Speaker of the Senate)

Conservative (1867-1942)


I think the hon. member
for Vancouver Centre was quite in order in

raising the question, and I want to thank him for doing so. On Sunday, I think it was, I noticed an article in the Saturday morning Citizen under the heading of "Will not record Steven's motion", further on in the article it had this to say:
Action was taken by Doctor Arthur Beau-chesne, K.C., C.M.G-., clerk of the house, it was learned, to keep Air. Steven's notice of motion out as improper on two grounds-
Then it went on to set forth the alleged grounds on which the notice of motion was to be kept off the order paper. I then came down to the house, examined the order paper and found the notice of motion was not on the order paper nor on the votes and proceedings. I got into touch with Doctor Beau-chesne and asked him for an explanation as to why the notice did not appear on the records of the house and he gave me an explanation which was quite satisfactory. I asked him to be good enough to put it into the form of a .memorandum, and he did so in the form of a letter dated April 15, 1935, addressed to myself as Speaker of the House of Commons, as follows:
With reference to the report in the press stating that I refused to place Hon. Mr. Steven's notice of motion in the votes and proceedings, I beg to submit a word of explanation.
On Friday evening, the 12th instant, I told Hon. Mr. Stevens that, as his motion seemed to be out of order, notice thereof should not be given. After some discussion, he told me to take whatever action I thought best, wTbich I understood to mean that he agreed to the notice not being inserted in votes and proceedings, but, Saturday morning, be came to my office and stated he had not intended to infer that I should withhold the motion from the notice paper, though be seemed to realize that he had spoken to me in such a way as to lead me to understand that he actually agreed to leave the notice out. I told him on Saturday that if I had thought for a moment he wished .the notice to appear, I should have referred the matter to you, since, as Speaker, you are the judge of the admissibility of notices of motions or questions. It is our practice to call a member's attention to objectionable notices, and if tbe member insists on the notice being given under standing order 45, the matter is immediately referred to the Speaker. It is because Mr. Stevens did not so insist that I did not refer tbe matter to you.
Now, as Mr. Stevens wishes the motion to appear on the notice paper, I have the honour to refer the same herewith to you, and I shall take action on your decision when you think advisable to give it.
I have the honour to be, Sir,
Your obedient servant,
Arthur Beaucbesne,
Clerk of the House of Commons.
Immediately upon receiving the memorandum in question from the clerk of the house

C.N.R.-Alberta Coal
I instructed him to place the notice of motion on the minutes of proceedings, which has been done, and it will appear on the order paper to-morrow.

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