Mr. J. O. PROBE (Regina City):
I rise to a question of privilege, Mr. Speaker. Yesterday the hon. member for Comox-Alberni (Mr. Gibson), while I was temporarily absent from this chamber, made a charge, as reported at page 1786 of Hansard that I had, in effect, called the management and shareholders of H. R. MacMillan Export Company gangsters. I quote from the relevant portion of the hon. member's speech:
This man MacMillan and his so-called gang paid $7,660,000 in taxes to the federal treasury and yeit the hon. member for Regina Oity calls them a bunch of gangsters.
On the next page the hon. member is quoted as saying:
I think that if anyone is referred to as a member of a gang, he is a gangster.
In my speech on February 5 last, this is what I said, as reported at page 926 of Hansard:
In other words, the profits of the MacMillan gang who clipped the coupons were within fifty cents per share of the men who wenit out bo the fields and the forests and the mills to do the w'ork . . .
And so on. I realize, Mr. Speaker, that there is a natural tendency to give to words a meaning not always necessarily in accord with the intent of the speaker or writer, but rather in accord with the limited education, the type of experience and the nature of the past association of the listener. That is doubtless true of the hon. member for Comox-Alberni.