Hon. COLIN GIBSON (Secretary of State):
Mr. Speaker, as a matter of privilege I should like to refer to an article which appeared in
Wheat Board Report
the press last night and this morning concerning a question asked yesterday by the hon. member for Winnipeg North (Mr. Stewart). The article states:
State Secretary Gibson said today in the Commons that applicants for civil service-positions were asked to state their colour so that the civil service commission could place them in the "proper position."
The words "proper position" are in quotation marks. Those were not the words I used. As will be found in Hansard, what I said was:
. . . the question on the application form as to colour is to enable the commissioners, when an application is received from a member of the negro race, to place the applicant in a position which will be congenial.
Subtopic: USE OF WOED "COLOUR" IN QUESTION ON APPLICATION FORMS-PRESS REPORT OF PROCEEDINGS OF JUNE 19