Hon. R. B. HANSON (York-Sunbury):
Mr. Speaker, on a question of privilege, when I rose yesterday at the conclusion of the Prime Minister's speech and asked the questions which I did, I based my position on a statement which I understood the Prime Minister had made in the early part of his speech, which I shall now read and which will be found in the second column, page 20 of yesterday's Hansard. This is what the Prime Minister said:
I hope that, in the course of reading this statement, I may not be interrupted-
And may I interject that that hope was fulfilled.
-but when the statement is concluded, if there are any questions in the minds of hon. members arising out of what I have said I shall be very glad to attempt to answer them.
It was on the basis of that statement, which is there without limitation, qualification or equivocation, that I asked the questions which I did. I hope therefore, in view of the discussion that ensued after the Prime Minister had spoken and I had asked those questions, that I shall not be debarred from the privilege of taking part in this debate if I so desire.