With the greatest possible deference I must appeal from your ruling, Mr. Speaker, because I submit if that is permitted in this house any imputation can be made at any time that hon. members are not speaking in good faith.
The hon. member for Shelburne-Yarmouth (Mr. Ralston) on a question of privilege has stated that certain improper imputations have been directed to him by the right hon. Prime Minister (Mr. Bennett). I have ruled that there were no improper imputations that were not withdrawn1. From that ruling the hon. member for Shelburne-Yarmouth desires to appeal. Have I stated the question correctly?
As I understand it, the hon. member for Shelburne-Yarmouth (Mr. Ralston) has stated on his word as a member of this house that such and such of his own knowledge is a fact, and he has asked the Prime Minister to accept that statement Surely it is the duty of the Prime Minister to accept a statement of that kind by an1 hon. member, and of your honour to rule that he should so accept it.
With the greatest deference, there has been no denial by the Prime Minister. The gist of the complaint of the hon. member for Shelburne-Yarmouth, as I understand it, is that the Prime Minister has imputed to him improper conduct. I have ruled that no improper conduct has been imputed to the hon. member, and from that ruling the hon. gentleman has appealed.
Referring to paragraph 282 of Beauchesne I see that the procedure in a matter of this kind usually is to direct the clerk to take down the unparliamentary words to which objection has been taken. That has mot been done in this case and I shall endeavour to state the complaint of the hon. member for Shelburne-Yarmouth as fairly as possible. The hon. member for Shelburne-Yarmouth has complained that certain words used by the Prime Minister this evening imputed to him improper conduct as a member of parliament. I have ruled that the words so used did mot impute to the hon. member improper conduct, and from that ruling the hon. member desires to appeal.
The house divided om the question: Shall the ruling of the chair be sustained? And the ruling was sustained on the following division: