June 6, 1944 (19th Parliament, 5th Session)


Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GORDON GRAYDON (Leader of the Opposition):

What the Prime Minister has said will, I believe, find a very responsive echo in the house generally at this time. I am quite sure it will also be appreciated outside the house as well. '
I would like to suggest to the Prime Minister one thing-a suggestion that was made before. Perhaps I can make that suggestion now in a way that will be of considerable help to the government and to parliament and will tend to expedite the business of the house. As the Prime Minister knows, we have not been sitting on Wednesdays during this session. I quite appreciate the position in which the government find themselves, and I have no desire to make it more difficult for them. Indeed, as the weeks have passed, I haye had a greater appreciation than ever before of the burdens on the government, but I am going to suggest to the Prime Minister that we sit on Wednesday afternoons and evenings. I suggest that we have none of the preliminary proceedings on Wednesdays which would necessitate the presence here of the ministry, the Prime Minister or the war committee of the cabinet. I suggest that on Tuesday night we adjourn to go on at three o'clock on Wednesday exactly where we left off the night before, without any of the intermediate proceedings, and that we continue until eleven o'clock, with the supper adjournment on Wednesday.
Perhaps that would meet a situation which the Prime Minister finds exceedingly difficult.
Both he and the government want to have some time in which to handle the heavy burdens in the war cabinet, and I offer that suggestion in what I hope is a constructive way, in order that we may be able to utilize not only the cooperation which I am sure the house will give, but also every minute of the time, because everyone in this house wants to have the business disposed of as quickly as possible. If the Prime Minister, myself and others give the lead we shall probably find a responsive following all over the House of Commons.

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