Mr. T. L. CHURCH (Broadview):
Mr. Speaker, I regret to rise to a question of privilege. I wish to refer to a few short words in a long editorial reflecting on me, on this subject, in the Ottawa Journal of Saturday, April 25, in which it says, referring to my remarks in this house on Wednesday, April 22, "The member for Broadview goes places when he gets on his feet." It says I saw New York slums from the Grand Central station. Times square, the Waldorf-Astoria and Fifth avenue. I did not-nor those here from an Ottawa golf club. There was no "if" about it. I saw them in New York with the late Doctor Hastings, the great medical health officer. I only referred to those across the Ottawa river as one concrete case in Canada. I saw these in detail the day before I introduced the housing motion of last year, and again on July 3 and 4, 1935. According to citation 157 of Beauchesne I deem these errors an interference with and reflection upon a private member. The editor says I spoke without that "profound preliminary thought that is supposed to be an attribute of statesmanship." I did not. I devoted fifteen years of thought with the late Doctor Hastings to secure slum clearance and housing, and a modern health department in all its forms. He wishes I had come closer to the facts and had a little more sympathy and understanding. When I need these I will not go to this editor for such aid. I know the facts. While I will always respect and admire the proprietor of this paper, its editor "understands everything and knows nothing" of slum conditions as I have seen them.