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

CON

Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir ROBERT BORDEN:

Page 538 is the page given me by the Clerk of the House. As a matter of fact it has been the universal practice of our House when an Order of the Day lapses, to revive it at once. On many occasions, I myself have seen this. When Mr. Fielding was Minister of Finance, I have seen an amendment to the motion that the Speaker do now leave the Chair accepted by the Government of the day.. The passing of such an amendment means that the order is superseded and becomes virtually a dropped order. The practice was to move immediately that the House do now resolve itself into Committee of Supply, without notice, and supply was taken up on the same day. A notable instance of the same character is found in the proceedings of the House of Commons of the United
Kingdom of 22nd and 25th June, 1877. There was a motion that the Speaker do leave the Chair for the House to resolve itself into Committee of Supply. An hon. member proposed an amendment. At twenty minutes past nine on Friday the House was counted out, and on the following Monday the Chancellor of the Exchequer moved that the House do immediately resolve itself into Committee of Supply. After some debate as to the regularity of the motion, the Speaker declared it in order *and it was .accepted. The motion followed:
" That the Speaker do now leave the Chair." On that motion being proposed, .an hon. member moved an amendment. After considerable debate, the amendment was carried, and for the second time on the same day, the order that the House .should resolve itself into Committee of Supply became a lapsed order. Whereupon the Chancellor of the Exchequer moved, for the second time on the same day, " That the House do immediately resolve itself into Committee of Supply." The motion was carried. It was then moved, " That the Speaker do now leave the Chair. A further amendment was proposed, and a debate took place. The amendment was defeated, and the House resolved itself into Committee of Supply.
I venture to think that the authority of Bourinot and the illustrations I have given from our own practice and from the British parliamentary practice are amply sufficient to sustain the regularity of the motion I have made.

Topic:   MILITARY SERVICE ACT, 1917.
Subtopic:   MOTION TO REINSTATE ORDER LAPSED FOR WANT OF A QUORUM.
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