Mr. T. C. DOUGLAS (Weyburn):
I rise to a question of privilege. An editorial appearing in this morning's Montreal Gazette, referring to a statement I made in the house a few days ago, reads:
Most amazing of all was his protest on Monday against large shipments of Canadian beer to Libya for the use of the troops who are defending him and his family and his congregation under the appalling conditions of desert warfare. It was this that roused Mr. Ilsley's ire and the minister would have been less than a man if he had held his punch.
I desire to invite the gentleman who wrote that editorial to examine the remarks I made last Monday, and he will find that at no time did I make any reference either to. Libya or to the sending of beer to that battlefront; that as a matter of fact it was the minister himself who dealt with that question. In reply to the minister I said, as reported at page 3151 of Hansard:
Then he proceeded to build up a straw man and to knock him down again, by referring to what people have said about sending beer to Libya. I was not talking about sending beer to Libya.
I have no objection to accepting responsibility for what I have said, but I do not propose to accept responsibility for straw men set up by the Minister of Finance.
Subtopic: MU. DOUGLAS (WEYBURN)-EDITORIAL COMMENT IN MONTREAL "GAZETTE"