Mr. Maxime Raymond (Beauharnois-Laprairie):
Mr. Speaker, I regret that I am unable to support this motion. The private
Business of the House members' privileges have been completely abolished during the past few years. During the war, such days as were allotted private members, under the rules of the house, for the introduction of resolutions, were abolished for special reasons. Since the end of the war, the habit seems to endure. Here seems to be a trend to perpetuate this sort of thing through motions inviting the house to suspend certain standing orders to permit the introduction of emergency legislation. This year we had the Newfoundland bill. And then, the extraordinary powers act, expiring at the end of March, came up for discussion. We agreed to these bills.
The North Atlantic pact is to be signed on Monday next only. I fail to see why the government does not wait until tomorrow before introducing its resolution. This would leave ample time for discussion before next Monday. Furthermore, I would point out that at present there are 47 resolutions appearing on the orders of the day and I have reason to believe that not one of them will be submitted to the house during the present session.
I would therefore ask the Prime Minister not to have this motion introduced today but to kindly wait until tomorrow, the day allotted for government business. As far as I am concerned, I do not support this motion.
Subtopic: PRECEDENCE OF GOVERNMENT NOTICES OF MOTIONS ON MONDAY, MARCH 28