Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Leader of the Opposition):
With the permission of the house, Mr. Speaker, I should like to make a correction with regard to a statement made by me in public a day or two ago. In the press reports of the speech which I made before the Montreal Reform Club on Saturday evening last, it is stated that referring to the proposed changes in the Canadian tariff under the trade agreement between Canada and the United Kingdom, I said that out of 230 changes in the tariff, 180 were increases. That is a mistake. It was not a mistake of the reporter or of any hon. gentleman opposite; it was my mistake. I should have said that out of 223 items included in the schedule, 138 were in the nature of in-
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creases in the tariff. I need not say that the mistake was wholly unintentional, and that I regret having made it.
Mr. ARMAND LaVERGNE (Montmagny): I rise to a question of privilege, Mr. Speaker. At page 741 of Hansard, during the course of my remarks, I find the hon. member for West Elgin (Mr. Hepburn) reported as having said:
I do not take delight in shooting holes in the British flag.
I did not hear that remark while I was speaking. I do not know if the hon. member was referring to me, but if so I must say that he is entirely mistaken. Never in my life, either in public or private, have I used an expression of that description. I never used that sentence, and to complete my thought I may say that while I am much older than the hon. member for West Elgin, I did not wait until the end of the war, as he did, to enlist.