June 12, 1946 (20th Parliament, 2nd Session)

LIB

James Horace King (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

The hon. gentleman has asked for leave to move the adjournment of the house under standing order 31 to discuss a definite matter of urgent public importance, namely, the United States embargo placed on coal and fuel on the great lakes, and the grave peril of Canadian homes being without any supply during next fall and winter-I emphasize those words, "during next fall and winter"-and as to the announcement on June
II by the Ore and Coal Exchange of Cleveland of said embargo in view of the Canadian lake shipping strike.
I wish to make a comment, for the benefit of the house more especially, on one point made by the hon. gentleman on the question of urgency. Urgency within the meaning of the rule is not a question whether a matter proposed to be discussed is of urgent importance. It may be of infinitely urgent importance to those affected. The question is whether it is urgent within the meaning of citation 239, Beauchesne's Parliamentary Rules and Forms; in other words whether it is a matter of such urgency that harm would be caused to the public interest if by the ordinary opportunity provided by the rules of the house an hon. member were not able to bring the subject before the house soon enough. In the present case I am of the opinion that there is no urgency to adjourn the house today to discuss the subject, because the minister of the department concerned is not in the house this afternoon. Consequently I would rule the motion of the hon. gentleman out of order.

Topic:   UNITED STATES EMBARGO-MOTION FOR ADJOURN- MENT UNDER STANDING ORDER 31
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