Mr. J. F. POULIOT (Temiscouata):
Mr. Speaker, may I be permitted to rise to a question of privilege? My attention has been drawn to a paragraph in an article headed "Glimpses of Parliament", in the Ottawa Citizen of March 12, which reads as follows:
For once, Mr. Pouliot, the Liberal member for Temiscouata, laid off Premier Taschereau, his particular bete noire.
May I say, Mr. Speaker, to quote St Augustine, I d'o not desire the death of a sinner but only his conversion. I only wish at times to correct some erroneous statements that come from .the premier of Quebec.
May I say, Mr. 'Speaker, that the correspondent of the Citizen was mistaken, because in the speech that was delivered in this house on March 11, there is the following:
Some years ago at a banquet tendered to Hon. Senator Belaud, a badly informed politician propounded this question: "How is it that in Quebec American potatoes are served on the table?"
May I say, Mr. Speaker, that it is always impolite and very bad manners for a guest to criticize .the menu? But that transgression was made by Mr. Taschereau himself, and as his name was not mentioned, his reference to American potatoes was perhaps lost amongst the millions of hundredweights of Canadian potatoes that were referred to in my speech.