A memorandum was presented in behalf of the House of Bishops as follows:
"The General Synod realizes that the time has come in the development of the Anglican Church of Canada to resolve the question of the Primatial See and to bring to fruition that which was begun by the passing of Canon III. The past twenty years have proved that the work of a Primate is of such imporatance and magnitude that it ought not to be added to that already undertaken by the Bishop of a large Diocese. At the same time, the discussions during this period have deepened the conviction that we desire in a Primate one who is, in a real sense, able to fulfill pastoral duties as the Father-in-God of His people. It is our considered opinion that the Primate should be a Diocesan and a Metropolitan, set over an ecclesiastical province as a part of the whole Church, in accordance with the customs and traditions general in the Anglican Communion throughout the world.
In order to achieve for the Primate of Canada this desired status and at the same time recognizing how impossible are the burdens carried by recent holders of that office in their capacity as bishops of existing dioceses, we recommend:
'That a fixed Primatial See be established in the vicinity of the Nation's Capital, Ottawa; that a new Diocese be established and that a new ecclesiastical province be erected in the developing Canadian Northland which might comprise, in addition to the new Diocese, the present Dioceses of The Arctic, Moosonee, Keewatin and Yukon, over which the Primate would preside as Metropolitan.'"
1. That this plan be approved and that its recommendations be referred to a special Commission on the Primacy to consult with the Diocesan and Provincial authorities concerned, with a view to securing their consent and to investigate any other steps necessary to implement the Plan and report to the Executive Council for their information, and to the next meeting of General Synod for action.
2. That the General Synod agrees to make available the necessary funds to implement this Plan, including support of the new Diocese, funds for the Primate's Stipend, Residence, Travelling, and funds for administration, etc.
3. That the Primate, the Prolocutor, and the Deputy Prolocutor, be asked to appoint this special joint Commission on the Primacy.
4. That the Synod reaffirms its desire, expressed by the passing of Section 11A, of Part I of Canon III, to provide for the present Primate any assistance, episcopal or otherwise, which, in his opinion, may be necessary while he is the Archbishop of Rupert's Land.
It was moved in amendment by the Very Revv. A.T.B. Browne, seconded by the Ven. R.D. Mess, "That the word 'approved' in the first part of the resolution of the recommendations from the House of Bishops, be changed to 'received'.
An amendment to the amendment was proposed by Judge J.E. Hudson, but was not successful.
The amendment was then put to the Lower House, and lost.
The Minutes of the meeting of the House held in Montebello, P.Q. on August 28th to 30th 1959, as printed and circulated, were adopted.
(iii) Report on Deceased Members.
The Bishop of Nova Scotia reported, with deep regret, the passing on January 25th, 1960, of the Right Reverend William Charles White, retired Bishop of Honan, China, and the first Bishop of that Diocese. Consecrated in November 30th, 1909 in St. James' Cathedral, Toronto, Bishop White gave his life to the work of the Church overseas. Due to his zeal and perseverance, the way was opened for the consecration of a Chinese priest to succeed him and thereby an indigenous episcopate for the Chung Hwa Sheng Kung Hui was established.
The Bishop of Ontario presented the revision of "Guidelines" which had been presented to the House at Augusta, 1968, but which had not been dealt with at that time. This revision of the Guidelines was printed as Appendix D to the Minutes of the 1968 Augusta meeting.
The Archbishop of Algoma also presented a report on behalf of a Committee appointed by the Primate to bring Lambeth Resolutions 40 and 41 before the House. This report was brought in while the House considered "Guidelines on Bishops" because its content was pertinent.
The report was as follows:
In concurring with Resolution 40 (Lambeth Conference, 1968) the Committee appointed by the Primate, consisting of the Bishop of Moosonee, the Bishop of James' Bay and the Archbishop of Algoma, recommend that the Canadian House of Bishops adopt Resolution 40 (Lambeth Conference, 1968) and that the same be incorporated in the Minutes of this meeting.
For the implementation of this motion, the Committee would refer to Appendix D, Section VIII, Cl. (2) on page 31, 1968 Minutes -- (Guidelines for the use of Bishops) and further that Cl. (5) Section (e) be changed to make obligatory the appointment of an Assistant Bishop as ex officio member of the Executive.
Resolution 40: "The Conference affirms its opinion that all co-adjutor, suffragan, and full-time assistant bishops should exercise every kind of episcopal function and have their place as Bishops in the councils of the Church."
The Committee recommend to the House of Bishops, the adoption of Resolution 41.
Resolution 41: "The Conference recommends that the bishops as leaders and representatives of a servant Church, should radically examine the honours paid to them in the course of divine worship, in titles and customary address, and in style of living, while having the necessary facilities for the efficient carry on of their work."
In its implementation, the Committee would suggest the dropping of diocesan signatures and meaningless titles, such as "My Lord".
"That the Committee Report relative to Resolution 40 of Lambeth be adopted."