Hon. R. B. HANSON (York-Sunbury):
Mr. Speaker, on a question of privilege, in the Montreal Standard of May 29 there appeared under an Ottawa dateline a news item which indicated among other things that fifty members of this House of Commons were derelict in their duty in leaving this house on Friday last, and in fact we were indicted as having played hookey. On behalf of all my colleagues who made that journey, as well as on my own behalf, I desire to repudiate the implications of this article. May I be permitted to say, sir, that those of us who journeyed to Buffalo last week, where we inspected the great plants of the Curtiss-Wright corporation and other companies, went not as schoolboys escaping from school. We went on an educational tour to see and to learn at first hand of the splendid progress being made in aeroplane production by our great and friendly neighbour, to learn of the great contribution being made to the cause of the united nations, both by industrial giants and by the working men and women of the United States; and over and above all that we went as ambassadors of good-will from Canada to the United States. It -was my privilege, along with my friend the hon. Minister of National Revenue (Mr. Gibson) and my friend the hon. member for Vancouver Burrard (Mr. McGeer), to pay tribute and give full expression to that attitude of heart and mind on the part of the people of Canada to the people of the United States. I am firmly of the opinion that it would be of great advantage to the common cause if there were more of these journeys with the same intention. Finally, instead of chastising the hon. member for Hamilton East (Mr. Ross), by whose kind invitation we were enabled to make that journey, I think we should commend him and on behalf of my colleagues who are so much indebted to him for his kindness, I here and now offer him our generous and sincere thanks and commendation.