The rule was rescinded in 1927 when the rules were revised. The rule with respect to resolutions preceding bills dealing with trade matters is no longer effective because it was thought undesirable when that revision was made. Inasmuch as the bill does not contemplate any increase in taxation but only a reduction, there is no reason why it should be preceded by a resolution. As I promised, I inquired of the clerk this morning and he directed my attention to the fact that the rule, or rather the custom, for it was a custom more than a rule, which had required trade measures to foe preceded by resolution, had been rescinded and did not appear in the revision. Under these circumstances I would ask for the first reading of the bill, I so move, seconded by Mr. Guthrie.
Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.
Subtopic: TRADE AGREEMENT BETWEEN CANADA AND UNION OF SOUTH AFRICA