On Monday, April 3, the
hon. member for Temiseouata (Mr. Pouliot), raised a question of privilege. He quoted, he said, an article from a newspaper called "Le Journal" of Quebec referring to him, and complained that he had thereby been misrepresented. I find, however, on reading a translation of the hon. member's remarks that he went much further than he had a right to in addressing himself to a question of privilege. He attacked the reporter and made remarks concerning members of the house which he had no right to do at that time and in that way.
I therefore direct the Editor of the Debates to expunge from the record the first and
second paragraphs of the second column of page 3893 of Hansard of Monday, April 3, commencing with the words "Le correspon-dant" and ending with the words "le premier ministre," and also the fourth paragraph of the first column of page 3S94 commencing with the words "II y a un paragraphe" and ending with the words "pour bien faire," the remarks therein being entirely improper and unparliamentary on that occasion.
The practice in England in dealing with a newspaper article alleged to be a breach of privilege is found in May, pages 98-99-
W hen a complaint is made of a newspaper the newspaper itself must be produced, in order that the paragraphs complained of may be read. A member complaining of the report of his speech in a newspaper, has been stopped by the Speaker, when it appeared that he had no copy of the newspaper on which to found his complaint. It is irregular to make such a complaint, unless the member intends to follow it up with a motion, but such a motion has been confined to declaring the article, or letter, to be a breach of privilege, without further action.
In this house the practice has been for the member to cite the article, point out that it is a breach of privilege, and that he has been misrepresented. It is not permissible for him to go further when so speaking.
Quoting from Blackmore's decisions by Speakers Dennison and Brand at page 248 on an occasion when an hon. member complained to the house of certain newspaper articles as libellous of an hon. member and constituting a breach of privilege and an objection being taken that the hon. member was entering into extraneous matters, the Speaker said "The hon. member is bound to confine himself strictly to the question of privilege which he has brought before the house," and quoting from Peel's decision, House of Commons, page 107, "If motion is made that certain passages in a newspaper constitute a breach of privilege, the discussion must be strictly confined to whether the words read at the table do constitute a breach of privilege," and so in this house discussions must be similarly limited.