May 5, 1939

STATEMENT OP MEMBER FOR TEMISCOUATA IN REFERENCE TO REMARKS IN DEBATE ON MAY 4

LIB

Jean-François Pouliot

Liberal

Mr. J. F. POULIOT (Temiscouata):

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Walter Edward Foster (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order. I do not think

there is any question of privilege at all.

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STATEMENT OP MEMBER FOR PARRY SOUND ON MAY 3 IN DEBATE ON THE BUDGET

LIB

Arthur Graeme Slaght

Liberal

Mr. A. G. SLAGHT (Parry Sound):

Mr. Speaker, I rise to a question of privilege. Yesterday the hon. member for St. Lawrence-St. George (Mr. Cahan) raised a question of privilege with regard to portions of a speech I had delivered in the house the day before. Unfortunately I was not in the house yesterday when the hon. gentleman began his address and therefore I did not hear a great portion of his remarks. I have since carefully read Hansard and desire after so doing to make this statement.

I find that the references in the biographies to which the hon. member referred and the extracts therefrom which he quoted to' the house place the matter of his previous observations on February 21, to which I took exception, in an entirely different light. Let me say that, when he made the earlier speech referred to, he based his criticism of a former president of the United States entirely on something he had learned when in London in 1903 and did not vouch for the name of his informant or give any particulars.

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Charles Hazlitt Cahan

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CAHAN:

Mr. Speaker, allow me to

interrupt. That statement is incorrect. I did not base my statement entirely on what I heard in London.

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LIB

Walter Edward Foster (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

The hon. gentleman has stated his position; he must not make a speech.

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Arthur Graeme Slaght

Liberal

Mr. SLAGHT:

In conclusion, Mr. Speaker, I desire to associate myself with the sentiment expressed by the hon. gentleman in the closing lines of his remarks of yesterday, found at page 3552 of Hansard in which he says:

In other days, years ago, perhaps I would have been tempted to reply in undignified and more severe language to the charges made. But as I grow older I am not so disposed to be vituperative as perhaps I once was, and therefore I submit the matter, sir, for your consideration.

I have just passed another milestone and believe that I should also take to myself some of the sound philosophy contained in that language, and I welcome this my first opportunity to tender the hon. gentleman my sincere regret for the error I made.

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Charles Hazlitt Cahan

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. C. H. CAHAN (St. Lawrence-St. George):

Just one word. I accept the retraction and apology of the hon. gentleman so far as it went, but I do not accept the restricted conditions under which the apology was pronounced.

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Walter Edward Foster (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

I think the incident is closed and the question settled.

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REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

CIVIL SERVICE SUPERANNUATION ACT-THIRD AND FINAL REPORT


Third and final report of the special committee on the Civil Service Superannuation Act.-Mr. McLean (Melfort).


BANKING AND COMMERCE-FIFTH AND SIXTH REPORTS


Fifth and sixth reports of the standing committee on banking and commerce.-Mr. Moore.


AGRICULTURE AND COLONIZATION-SECOND REPORT


Second report of the standing committee on agriculture and colonization.-Mr. Weir.


STANDING ORDERS-FIFTH REPORT


Mr. W. H. GOLDING (Huron-Perth) presented the fifth report of the standing committee on standing orders, and moved that the report be concurred in. Motion agreed to.


May 5, 1939