May 31, 1956 (22nd Parliament, 3rd Session)


Olof Hanson

The Chairman (Mr. Hanson, York-Sunbury):

I do not know that I should advise the hon. member touching the suggestion which he has just made. I do not understand it to be a point of order.
The chairman then put the question that clauses 1, 2 and 3 of the Unemployment and Farm Relief Continuance Act shall be the first business of the committee and shall not be further postponed. It has been agreed, I think, by all-I mean all in this committee- that clause 1 had been called and debated and clauses 2 and 3 had not been called, but it seems to be generally agreed in the discussion here that their subject matter was discussed during the debate on clause 1. In this committee clauses 1, 2 and 3 have been called;-I leave aside for the moment the question of whether they have been considered because this house has made a ruling on that-clause 4 has been called and debated at length. I do not think that it could be seriously contended that the discussion on clause 4 did not range pretty well over clauses 5, 6 and 7 and 1, 2 and 3. At any rate, I find that it did for the purpose of this section.
Now, I am not in the least unmindful of the not only impassioned but impressive appeals which have been made to me by members speaking for the opposition in their argument that the Prime Minister's resolution is out of order. I accept that responsibility, as I accept what I consider to be my only responsibility at the moment; not to rule upon the merits or demerits of a motion, not to rule upon the desirability or otherwise of procedure or of a standing order, but to try to come to a conclusion as cold-bloodedly as I can as to whether or not the motion submitted by the Prime Minister is in order. In
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I so rule.

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