March 16, 1948 (20th Parliament, 4th Session)


Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative


Mr. Speaker, as the Prime Minister will perhaps move the motion this week for the Easter adjournment, I should like to raise a question. I was going to do it as a question of privilege, but perhaps it is a combination of privilege and question to the government. I should like to refer to a suggestion which I made on December 12 when the pre-Christmas session was in progress. At that time I asked the government to give the matter consideration-and I think a suggestion of this kind perhaps comes more appropriately from a member who lives in central Canada than it would from one residing in a far distant part. This is the suggestion I want to make by way of privilege and question, and I quote from what I said on December 12, as reported on page 221 of Hansard:
A number of hon. members who come from far-away places to attend sessions of parliament have been from time to time most anxious that

some means of quick transportation, not at their own expense, should be provided for them, so that they might be permitted to return to their homes from time to time during long parliamentary sessions. I believe people throughout the country would be pleased if some arrangement of that kind could be made.
I offer the suggestion because I come from the central part of Canada and would not be affected by any such arrangement. However, we would like to see justice done in respect of those from farther away.
The Prime Minister-at page 222-was good enough to answer me at that time as follows:
Mr. Speaker, coming also from the central part of Canada, I shall be glad to bring my hon. friend's suggestion to the attention of my colleagues, and see if we cannot arrive at some satisfactory arrangement.
A prominent member on the other side of the house has told me that even with the proposed longer adjournment at Easter he will have less than one and a half days in which to visit his constituents. A closer relationship between member and constituent is better for both member and constituent. The influences of geography ought to be reduced and minimized as much as possible. I think it would be in the interest not only of hon. members but of their constituents if some arrangement could be made by which something approaching the same kind of service as between constituent and member could be made possible in the far away parts as is possible in central Canada. I ask the government to give consideration to this suggestion.

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