March 10, 1952 (21st Parliament, 6th Session)

PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Drew:

Naturally I am in no way questioning the statement you have made, Mr. Speaker. I would point out, however, that I raised the question at this stage because of the practice which, so far as I know, has been followed ever since my coming to the house-which is not so long ago. That practice has been that ministers and others have dealt with questions of privilege at the opening of the proceedings. So long as we understand that any questions raised by way of privilege or having to do with important public business are to be raised when the orders of the day are called, at the same time as questions are asked of the government, then I think all of us will very naturally follow the same pattern. I assume we may accept the statement you have now made, sir, as settling the procedure in connection with matters of this kind; that
such questions, whether raised by ministers or others, will be dealt with when the orders of the day are called instead of at the opening of the proceedings.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   PROCEDURE IN RAISING QUESTIONS OF PRIVILEGE
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