Mr. M. J. COLDWELL (Rosetown-Biggar):
On Tuesday afternoon, at page 2852 of Hansard, the hon. member for New Westminster (Mr. Reid) made this statement:
I said that I had no direct proof about those three papers-[DOT]
That is, the Province, the News-Herald and the Sun.
*-but that I did have some proof about the Fraser valley. That is the record and the hon. member knows it. He endeavoured by reading the record to leave the inference that I had deliberately lied in the House of Commons.
I may say I did not do that.
He just cannot get away with that. He has got away with a lot, but he is not going to get away with anything of that kind as long as I have breath in my body.
That was a reflection upon me, Mr. Speaker. I now have a telegram from Coquitlam, British Columbia, addressed to myself, reading as follows:
Personal check-up with publishers shows no papers in Fraser valley federal constituency were threatened as Tom Reid suggests. Coquitlam Herald, Haney Gazette, Agassiz Advance, Mission Record, Chilliwack Progress, Abbotsford News. Use information as you desire.
That is signed by George W. Shelldrake, of Haney, British Columbia, who is on the staff of the Valley Press Publishers. The News-Herald in an editorial of May 15, 1944 states:
In that connection it should be said that at no time has this newspaper been officially approached by the C.C.F. party along the line indicated.