I hope that I have
explained my position clearly to hon. members. The object in moving the adjournment of the house under standing order 31 is to give hon. members an opportunity to discuss an urgent matter. During a session we have two debates, the first one on the address and the second on the budget, during which every hon. member has an opportunity to discuss any matter which comes under the jurisdiction and the administration of the government. In a few minutes the leader of the house will call the order to resume the debate on the budget. When that is done nearly all hon. members will have the opportunity to discuss this matter.
The leader of the C.C.F. party has called my attention to the fact that many hon. members have already spoken and will not be able to take part in the debate. I would answer him by pointing out that only forty-two members out of 242 have spoken thus far on the budget. Moreover, there is an amendment and a subamendment to the motion before the house. As the house knows, hon. members have an opportunity to speak on the subamendment and the amendment, and when that is disposed of they will have another opportunity to speak on the main motion. I believe therefore that it is my duty to refuse the hon. member leave,
since, according to the rules of the house there is no urgency to adjourn the house to discuss the matter.
Subtopic: STRIKE IN STEEL INDUSTRY-MOTION FOR ADJOURNMENT UNDER STANDING ORDER 31