The fuss is about a member of your party opening a letter that did not belong to him. You would not have done that, I trust, and I trust you would raise some fuss about it if anybody had done it against you.
My hon. friend from Antigonish-Guysborough by no stretch of his imagination, and he has quite a good imagination. I fancy, could interpret this as being his frank. He has opened a letter addressed to a certain person, Fred H. Sullivan, Esquire, Argyle Street, Glace Bay, which is not even in the hon. gentleman's county.
Order. The question of privilege has been stated, the answer has been given. Now, I leave the chair for the house to go into committee of supply.
Hon. CHARLES A. DUNNING (Minister of Finance): I suggest that the wrongful use of a frank is a matter within Your Honour's control as Speaker of the house. Allegations have been made and in turn denied. The questions. I presume, are questions of fact.
I have not seen the frank, and I am not attempting to judge as to the correctness of my hon. friend's statement. I am merely remarking that it is a matter for Your Honour to deal with.
I am quite sure, Mr. Speaker, that the members of the house would be satisfied to leave the matter in your hands. I think everybody will agree that no member should open a letter not addressed to him; and if the hon. member for An/tigoniSh-Guysboro (Mr. Duff) did so, I am confident it was under a misapprehension that the letter was addressed to himself.