January 31, 1912 (12th Parliament, 1st Session)


Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Conservative (1867-1942)

*Mr. BORDEN moved:

That it be resolved, that a message he sent to the Senate to inform their honours that this House will unite with them in the formation of a Joint Committee of both Houses on the subject, of more equally dividing between the two Houses of Parliament the initiation of private and public legislation, with a view to curtailing the length of the sessions; and more particularly to prevent in future the custom known in parliamentary parlance as the ' railroading ' of important measures at the end of the session, and to devise means by which such a result could be obtained; and that Messrs Allans, Barnard, Bennett (Sim-coe), Clark (Bruce), Clarice (Essex), Emmer-son, Kyte, Sevigny, and Wilson (Laval), will act as members on the part of this House on the said Joint Committee.
He said: The resolution which was sent to this House by the Senate is to be found in the Votes and Proceedings of the 26th instant. No doubt it has already come to the attention of my right hon. friend.

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