June 7, 1956 (22nd Parliament, 3rd Session)

PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

You, Mr. Speaker, then did lay claim to our ancient and our undoubted rights and privileges, especially that

of freedom of speech in debate. In the United Kingdom Mr. Speaker, when he achieves his high office-and I quote-
. . . rigorously cuts off his party affiliations. He declares his honourable intention of being the impartial servant of the house as a whole, and in particular that he will do his best to safeguard the rights of minorities.
A moment ago in connection with closure I mentioned that the responsibility for the putting of the closure remains with the Speaker.

Topic:   ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   MR. DREW-MOTION OF NON-CONFIDENCE IN PRESIDING OFFICER OF THE HOUSE
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