Mr. LIGUORI LACOMBE (Laval-Two Mountains):
Mr. Speaker, I rise to a question of privilege. On June 28, 1943, the Prime Minister made the following statement in the house as reported at page 4072 of English Hansard:
The statement to which I refer is as follows:
"We have here in the cabinet three new millionaires who have made their money since the war's outbreak. We shall denounce them at the proper time and place. Fortunes are being built up."
The proper time and place to make a statement of that kind is in this House of Commons with the hon. member simultaneously undertaking to prove the charge or, if he is unable to do so, to resign his seat in this house. I submit, Mr. Speaker, that the hon. member should be obliged either to withdraw the statement completely or else to convert it into a specific charge to be investigated in the usual manner, and the consequences of the investigation also to be followed up in the usual manner.
On my question of privilege I do say that those words which he then used about me bear a charge based upon an incorrect translar tion of the French debates of June 25 last. Because the Prime Minister did not verify the translation of the speech I gave in French I was subjected to serious wrong in respect of my privileges and prerogatives as a member of parliament. I was unfairly attacked by a certain portion of the press, and the incorrect translation of my speech, as quoted by the Prime Minister, was broadcast to all the country. This is the reason why, for the sake of truth, justice and honour, I ask the Prime Minister to withdraw the words which, on June 28 last, he unfairly said about me, on the basis of a highly incorrect translation.