privilege. I wish to draw attention to an article appearing in the Financial Post of April 17, which reads as follows:
Ottawa had an interesting incident recently. The wheat market was nervous in keeping with the position [DOT] of the King government just at that time. Just a few days before its defeat was saved by the casting vote of the speaker. Another important division was at hand. A preliminary count by the whips showed liO Progressives missing. Their presence was needed to save the government. Some one volunteered the information that they were down town at a brokerage office watching the wheat market, in which they were said to be heavily interested. The name of the house they were at was not known, but its location was. An auto was hastily commandeered and a bareheaded member went after them. He rudely disturbed their mental deliberations of whether wheat would go back to $2 or not, by a summons to the house and returned to Parliament Hill with a dozen farmer-members hanging on the side of the car. The government was saved.
Mr. Speaker, I also rise to a question of privilege. So many false statements have been made about me in this debate that I am going to correct one of them in the hope that in the future, when hon. gentlemen are criticizing me, they will stick somewhere near the truth. In the speech of the hon. member for Chambly and Vercheres (Mr. Archambault) yesterday, he made this statement, according to Hansard-page 2201.
If my memory serves me right it was in 1912 and 1913 that the hon. member for Fort William and Rainy River, through the influence of Sir Wilfrid Laurier. was chosen, not as the Union candidate, but as the Liberal candidate in his constituency.
The hon. member showed the same ignorance of my affairs in that statement that he showed on every other topic he discussed yesterday. That Statement, Sir, is false in every line and detail of it. Sir Wilfrid Laurier had nothing whatever to do with my nomination, in any shape, manner or form. I was nominated at that time by the same Liberal party in Fort William which in 1917 united with the Conservative party to elect mo in opposition to Sir Wilfrid Laurier. In fact, I was nominated, not in 1912-1913, as the hon. member states, I was nominated in 1915 when I was serving with General Castelnau's army, part of the French forces, in a humble position- serving that gallant France which my hon. friend is always so willing to claim as the home of his ancestors but which he was not quite so willing to serve when she was fighting for her very soul.
I rise to a point of order, Mr. Speaker. The hon. member for Fort William and Rainy River (Mr. Manion) in rising to a question of privilege cannot cast an aspersion on any hon. member of this House. He stated that the hon. member for Chambly and Vercheres (Mr. Archambault) was not ready to defend France, the home of his ancestors. I say that that is not a matter of privilege and if my hon. friend would like to open the discussion when we are free to meet him on this ground, we shall be quite willing to meet him. Therefore I request, Mr. Speaker-