I rise to a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I did not make the statement that the hon. member for North Battle-ford did not say the words that appeared in Hansard, "but merely political cattle." What I did say was that I did not hear him say those words, and that if I had heard him I would have asked that they be withdrawn immediately. Having satisfied myself that it was through no fault of mine that I did not hear him, because of the insulting nature of the words I simply requested that they be deleted from Hansard. I did not state that the hon. member had not used the words. I must insist that the hon. member for North Battleford withdraw the statement he has made.
The hon. member for North Battleford accuses the Minister of Agriculture of having altered the report of his remarks in Hansard last session. The Minister of Agriculture denies that this took place. I submit that the hon. member for North Battleford should withdraw that statement.
Mr. Speaker, the statement I make is that the words were inserted in Hansard not that they were changed or altered. If the minister says he did not do it some other person did it, and he knows who it was.
In order to carry on the business of this house in a dignified way the hon. member knows that is not a withdrawal. The minister says he did not alter his remarks in Hansard. Having made that statement-
Mr. Speaker, the privileges of this house do not permit a member, rising on a question of privilege, to make a charge against a fellow member. The hon. gentleman has risen to a question of privilege. The observations he has made as to the conduct of the hon. member for Melfort (Mr. Weir) cannot possibly be proper remarks to make on a question of privilege. The hon. member is dealing with a matter raised yesterday, with which he has every right to deal, and we will listen to him with very great interest if he continues to deal with it.
Yesterday, when I was not in the house, the charge was made against me that I had changed my remarks in Hansard. On a question of privilege I am merely making an explanation of the matter, and I want to finish my last statement.