Mr. JE AST-FRANQOIS POULIOT (Temiscouata) : Mr. Speaker, I rise to a question of privilege. I hold in my hand the five o'clock
edition of the Ottawa Journal of' yesterday, on the front page of which the member for Temiscouata is given equal precedence with the united nations. Of course the article is with regard to the exercise of his unquestionable right as a member of this house to express his views and also those of his constituents. Some calculations have been laboriously made by the skunk kittens of the Journal's tycoons with petrifying hearts and softening brains, and they are all wrong. For instance, they say that I have been speaking for 20 pages in the first place, then 30 pages before the Easter recess, and then 64 pages more, which makes a total, they say, of 94 pages, and they repeat that total three times. Now 20 plus 30 is 50, and 50 plus 64 is 114. Not only is their calculation wrong, but they also say that "it takes 34 other members to equal Mr. Pouliot's wordage." Here again they are wrong, because I have noticed that in the present discussion some members have spoken four lines, and I do not know how many times four lines is more than silence, more than naught. It is pretty hard to make that calculation.
I do not contend, sir, that I have spoken for an average of 34 members. I have expressed my views. As one member from Montreal said not long ago, the members from Quebec province who were elected at the last election were expressing in this house the views of the province. I have been speaking, not for 34 other members, but for 160 members who have not uttered a word since the beginning of the session, and1 if other members were exercising their rights as I do I would certainly not take so much time. But I deny anyone the right to say what the Journal said.
A great writer, Homer, in his " Iliad," said-