July 3, 1917 (12th Parliament, 7th Session)


Right Hon. S@

In consequence of the House having failed to maintain a quorum on Friday evening, it becomes [DOT] necessary for me to move, seconded by hon. Mr. Cochrane:
That the order of the day for "resuming the adjourned debate on the proposed motion of Sir Robert Borden for the second reading of Bill No. 75, an Act respecting Military Service, the amendment of Sir Wilfrid Laurier thereto, and the amendment to the amendment by Mr. Barrette," having laDsed by reason of the House being declared adjourned for want of a quorum on the 29th ultimo, when the said order was under consideration be revived and placed on the Order Paper for consideration this day.
Hon. WM. PUGSLEY (St. John): No notice of this motion has been made by

word of mouth, nor does it appear upon the Order Paper that this motion would be moved. I would submit, therefore, that it cannot be passed except by the unanimous consent of the House. I feel myself personally constrained to raise an objection to the motion and tc urge that the rules of the House should be adhered to. On Friday last, when the Bill was under consideration, there was not a quorum in the House; there were only some eighteen members present. Perhaps it is not out of place to call attention to the fact that during the last week there was scarcely a day when, if any hon. member on this side of the House had taken the point of order that there was not a quorum, the House would have been counted out. On Friday evening, however, the hon. member for Rimouski (Mr. Bou-lay), an hon. member ordinarily supporting the Government, raised the objection that there was not a quorum. At that time there were only four members-

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