Mr. M. J. COLDWELL (Rosetown-Biggar):
May I say that we too approve the suggestion of the minister, which I understand to be that on Mondays hereafter until these motions run out private members will have the right on going into supply to state any grievances or raise any questions they regard as of urgent importance. It is an improvement on the procedure we have followed in this house up to the present, and after trying it out we might consider making it a permanent part of our rules of procedure. We also approve the proposal to devote the usual hour from eight to nine o'clock on Tuesday and Friday evenings to private and public bills. That is something we appreciate, for it does give private members an opportunity of doing things which otherwise, under the resolution we have adopted this session with regard to procedure, they might not be able to do. Therefore I support the proposal of the minister and express the hope that we may be able to facilitate the business of the day by adopting it unanimously.
Mr. SOLON E. LOW (Peace River): The members of this group will be prepared to support the minister's proposal. I take it that on Mondays when the government does move into committee of supply, only one or not more than two departments at the most will be called. With that understanding we will certainly give our support to the suggestion.
Mr. ST. LAURENT: I shall not ask to open more than two departments unless at the time I have the consent of the house to open more. With respect to the other suggestions that have been made, during the whole session Monday is a private members' day, and if we applied this rule during the whole session it would mean that Monday would not again become a private members' day; but that we can further consider. For the present all I am asking is that while -we are taking something from the private members on Mondays, we call supply as the first order of government business so that there may be an opportunity of airing any grievance that may have arisen.
Topic: BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic: PRECEDENCE OP GOVERNMENT NOTICES OP MOTIONS AND GOVERNMENT ORDERS