May 3, 1918 (13th Parliament, 1st Session)


Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)


Sir ROBERT BORDEN (Prime Minister) moved:

That on and after Monday the 6th day of May next, until the end of the present session, the House shall meet at eleven o'clock in the morning of each day except Sundays, and that in addition to the usual intermission at six o'clock, p.m., there shall be also an intermission every day from one to three o'clock, p.m., and that on . .and after Saturday, the eleventh day of May next, and on eaclh Saturday thereafter until the end of the present session the House shall meet on (Saturdays and that the order of business shall be the same as on Fridays.
It has also been suggested. to me that' the following should be added, to which I at once assent if it meets with the view of the House:
-and that the various 'Committees of the House be at liberty to sit during the sessions of the House.

As far as the business to he proposed by the Government is concerned, it will all 'be on the Order Paper on Monday or in the Votes and Proceedings of that day.
I do not think that anything which has yet to he brought down can he regarded as other than of a minor character, and I do not think it will be controversial. There are certain reasons which make it highly desirable that ministers should be relieved from their duties in Parliament at no very distant date, and we have our choice between two alternatives: One is to ' work a little harder and get through within the next ten days or so, and the other is to have an adjournment and for the House to meet again during the summer. I am convinced that the vast majority of the members of the House would greatly prefer the first alternative, and personally I certainly should prefer that.

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