April 5, 1918 (13th Parliament, 1st Session)

UNION

Edgar Nelson Rhodes (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Unionist

Mr. SPEAKER:

The hon. member may proceed. Before the hon. member does so I had better state that under a motion of this character, which is submitted without notice, the rules are very clear that the discussion must be strictly relevant to the subject. The authorities are all agreed that discussion must he much more strictly confined to the subject thap is the case with an ordinary substantive motion. The wording of the motion, as submitted by the hon. member, appears to indicate a desire on his part to widen the scope of the discussion. The rule is clear that only one matter can be discussed upon a motion of this character. That matter is the recent unfortunate disturbances in the city of Quebec, and the wording of the hon. member's resolution does not help to enable him to widen the field of discussion. I deem it my duty to direct the attention of hon. members to the rule in this respect, and I ask their assistance to see that the field of discussion is not unduly widened.

Topic:   THE QUEBEC DISTURBANCES.
Subtopic:   MOTION OF MR. J. A. CURRIE FOR LEAVE TO ADJOURN THE HOUSE TO DISCUSS.
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