The hon. member will recall that I made a ruling on that matter last year, and the leader of the opposition (Mr. Drew) will also recall that I made such a ruling. Here is what I said, as reported in Votes and Proceedings of Monday, September 4, 1950:
I may say to the leader of the opposition that last year I considered this same question, and it then seemed to me, as he says, that such a motion should be considered at a later time. But under citation 132 in Beauchesne's second edition I notice the following:
"The motions allowed on routine proceedings are motions relating to the business of the house and for the discussion of reports from committees."
This motion definitely relates to the business of the house and should therefore be considered at this time. I think the misunderstanding arises from the fact that such motions generally appear under "government notices of motions." Actually, however, they are not "government notices of motions" in the usual sense.
In view of the citation which I have mentioned in Beauchesne's second edition and of the practice which has been established, I think the motion should be considered now.
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