June 4, 1942 (19th Parliament, 3rd Session)

LIB

Donald Alexander McNiven

Liberal

Mr. McNIYEN:

Yes, Saturday mornings,
and Wednesday nights; yes, and even Sundays. I say that for this reason: The House of
Commons is sitting only twenty-four hours a week. We are asking labour in this country, in munitions, shipyards and aeroplane factories, to work seven days a week. Some of those men are working as long as sixty hours a week, and some, sixty-five hours. No attempt has been made to go into supply; the estimates have not been considered as yet. There is no reason in the world why some of the ministers should not be able to sit on Wednesday and Friday evenings, Saturday morning and possibly Saturday afternoons as well. Let us try to make some progress. We would be advancing the war effort by expediting the business of the house and bringing the session to a close, permitting the government to get on with its war work and the members to go back to their homes.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
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