Mr. MICHAEL LUCHKOVICH (Vegre-ville):
Mr. Speaker, I should like to correct an erroneous report which appeared in the May 10 issue of the Ottawa Citizen. This is in connection with some remarks I made as to the stand of the Hon. J. E. Brownlee, premier of Alberta, in connection with the marketing bill now before the house. The Ottawa Citizen reports me as follows:
Six provinces have passed companion legislation, announced the agricultural minister, surmounting the constitutional problems arising out of divided authority over trade. Three provinces, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Alberta have not made known their positions. It was stated by Michael Luchkovich, United Farmer member for Vegreville, that at least one premier, J. E. Brownlee, of Alberta, was opposed to the bill.
This report is wrong in two instances. In the first place, the Minister of Agriculture did not include Alberta in the list of provinces that had not passed enabling legislation.
He is reported on page 2940 of Hansard of May 9 as follows:
We have not received copies of legislation passed, nor have we any definite information from Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Manitoba.
In the second place, I never said that Mr. Brownlee was opposed to the bill. I am reported on page 2i940 of Hansard of May 9 as follows:
I understand that at least one premier has put himself on record as being in favour of the principle of the bill. I refer to Premier Brownlee of Alberta.
I based my remarks on an interview which Mr. Brownlee had had with the Toronto Farmers' Sun, wherein he is reported as having said:
The principles of the Weir bill are directly in line with the objectives of the U.F.A.; the measure has the full support of my government.