there is any question with regard to the statement of an hon. member the member has the right in this house, and in any other house in the British Empire, to say what he said and what he intended to say, as a fellow member of this house.
going to talk about order, the Minister of Agriculture is talking about what the leader of the opposition did at some other time. The question of order is whether he did or did not make the statement. The statement of the Minister of Agriculture, which was heard by every hon. member, was made when he began to read from a newspaper purporting to be the Leader-Post of Regina. His statement was that the words contained in the statement were those of the minister.
getting back to where we left the discussion: I was stating that the Minister of Agriculture prior to the time of the appointment of the committee had taken a certain position in relation to this particular matter. Now that the leader of the opposition has called my attention to it, I might say that this newspaper article is so much like what the minister did say in the house at a later date and is so much like the policy that was finally adopted, I have no hesitation in saying that whatever newspaper reporter put this in the press must have had official information, as he says at the beginning of the article.