December 14, 1909 (11th Parliament, 2nd Session)

CON

Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

Rumours have been prevalent for some time past in the government press that the government intended to revise the rules of the House at an early date, and to introduce what is known as the closure. I would like to ask the First Minister if that is the intention in this revision of the rules. 1 would like to say that so far as J can judge the temper of parliamentarians generally, they regard the freedom of debate as one of the dearest rights of the representatives of the people, and if any attempt is made under the guise of amending the rules to prevent the freest discussion of all public questions, I can only say that in my judgment the government will invite a good deal of trouble.

Topic:   AMENDMENT OF RULES OF THE HOUSE.
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