June 8, 1944 (19th Parliament, 5th Session)


Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GORDON GRAYDON (Leader of the Opposition):

There are just two things I wish to say with respect to this motion. I think it will expedite the business of the house considerably, and I wish to thank the Prime Minister for having acceded to what I felt would be a constructive request, because we are all very anxious, particularly in these times, to see the house conduct itself with as much celerity and dispatch as may be humanly possible in the circumstances, reserving of course the right to deal properly with legislation that comes before the house.
Wednesday Sittings

The second thing I wish to say is that, in connection with Wednesday evening sittings, I had made that a part of my proposal, and I was glad to hear the Prime Minister suggest that the door was being left open so that Wednesday evening might be taken advantage of a little later on.
The other matter mentioned, in connection with the question of divisions on Wednesdays, calls for a comment, and perhaps the opposition ought in its own interests to protect itself, as the government has done, and to make sure that no legislation will be brought in by the government which would, by reason of the acceptance of the Prime Minister's suggestion about no divisions, in any way embarrass the opposition in connection with details of that kind. Perhaps that is a matter upon which we can all cooperate so that the interests and the rights of all shall be protected as time goes on.

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