March 2, 1948

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Joseph-Arthur Bradette

Liberal

Mr. BRADETTE:

That remark was not very bright.

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James Horace King (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order.

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John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. DIEFENBAKER:

What I intended to say was this. Parliament has no right to be gagged or stifled-

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Oh, oh.

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John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. DIEFENBAKER:

-when the matter is being discussed outside parliament.

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An hon. MEMBER:

Withdraw.

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Sit down.

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James Horace King (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order.

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George Randolph Pearkes

Progressive Conservative

Mr. G. R. PEARKES (Nanaimo):

In view of the statement made this afternoon by the Prime Minister, would the Minister of National Defence (Mr. Claxton) like to withdraw the statement he made on February 26-

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order.

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James Horace King (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order.

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George Randolph Pearkes

Progressive Conservative

Mr. PEARKES:

On a question of privilege-

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James Horace King (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order. If the hon. member for Nanaimo has any question to direct to the minister I would ask him to wait until the orders of the day are called.

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George Randolph Pearkes

Progressive Conservative

Mr. PEARKES:

On a question of privilege, I cannot understand the conflicting statements made by the Prime Minister and the Minister of National Defence.

Sone hon. MEMBERS: Order.

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James Horace King (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order. I would call attention to a very important point. Hon. members will understand that the Speaker has a duty to perform in this house; that is, to see that hon. members abide by the rules. When hon. members know perfectly well they have no question of privilege they should not rise and make statements to create disorder in the house.

On the orders of the day:

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William Earl Rowe

Progressive Conservative

Hon. W. EARL ROWE (Dufferin-Simcoe):

In view of the statement made yesterday in the press and the recent statement by the Prime Minister I should like to ask the right 5849-113

hon. gentleman if the Drew letter was ever submitted to the British government, since he states the British government asked him not to reveal it.

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William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

I have never said the British government had refused to allow the Drew letter to be tabled. The Drew letter was not referred to the British government at all. That is the responsibility of this government; but the responsibility of this government also extends to making sure that in tabling any document asked for in this house no breach occurs of an undertaking that has been given by this government to another government in reference to the non-tabling of communications from that government.

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William Earl Rowe

Progressive Conservative

Mr. ROWE:

Then I would like to ask the Prime Minister another question. Did he not receive a cablegram from Britain three days before the Hong Kong expedition left this country, stating that conditions in the Pacific had altered?

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William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

I have said all I intend to say on this matter. The evidence will be produced.

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Oh, oh.

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March 2, 1948