Wilfrid Laurier (Leader of the Official Opposition)
Sir WILFRID LAURIER:
The first part of this motion concerns the rule of the House which says that on Wednesdays the House shall meet at two o'clock and adjourn at six o'clock. The suggestion of my right hon. friend, as amended, now is that from this day until the end of the session, the usual rule of meeting at three o'clock shall prevail on Wednesdays. I agree to that. In these war times there are no entertainments, or there ought not to be; there are none on Wednesday evenings, and there is no reason at all why we should not have the same rule prevailing on Wednesdays as on other days. As to the remainder of tlie motion, it simply provides that on private members' days frovemment business shall have precedence over all business except questions and notices of motion. But it is understood that this rule will cease when the House meets again.