April 6, 1926 (15th Parliament, 1st Session)


Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Right Hon. ARTHUR MEIGHEN (Leader of the Opposition):

This is a matter that
affects not only the privilege of the hon. member (Mr. Kennedy, Peace River) himself, but the privileges of the House as such. I do not propose to comment at any length on the subject now. The House was not apprised until this very moment of the stand which the hon. gentleman purposed taking; prior to meeting we had only a rumour upon which of course we could not decide, much less act. I should not let the occasion pass, however, without saying that I cannot agree with the reasoning advanced by the hon. member for Peace River, and I must take issue most flatly with the conclusion to which he comes.
It is true that under the House of Commons Act, while a petition stands against him in the courts the right of resignation is not the hon. member's. But the act of resignation is one thing and the act of exercising his functions here as a member and a voter is another. The hon. member now stands in this position, that the official and judicial findings as respects the election in his county show that he was not returned a member of this House.

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