March 22, 1948

MR. BENTLEY-DISTRIBUTION OF APPLES TO MEMBERS

CCF

Thomas John Bentley

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. T. J. BENTLEY (Swift Current):

Mr. Speaker, on a question of privilege, I find on my desk an apple under which there is a card bearing the following words:

You have tried the rest;

Now try the best.

I want to point out that the best apples come from Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia.

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Andrew Ernest Robinson

Progressive Conservative

Mr. A. E. ROBINSON (Bruce):

I rise to a question of privilege, Mr. Speaker, affecting not only every member of the house but the nation as well. It is national in scope. We have before us some wonderful apples with the compliments of the member for New Westminster (Mr. Reid). I take exception to one line that appears on the card accompanying these apples, and that is that they come from Canada's premier province. I think it is well understood that Bruce county is the leading county of the best province.

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LIB

Thomas Reid

Liberal

Mr. REID:

May I suggest, Mr. Speaker, that you pay no attention to the jealousy exhibited today. So far as apples are concerned, hon. members have the best before them.

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LIB

Ralph Maybank (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Liberal

Mr. MAYBANK:

Mr. Speaker, when I get an apple for nothing I believe everything that is on the card.

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MR. D. G. ROSS-NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE- TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS


Mr. DOUGLAS G. ROSS (St. Paul's): Mr. Speaker, on a question of privilege, I was wondering if the Prime Minister recognized the fact that another layer of gold had been placed on our maple leaf by the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens. I want to bring to the attention of the house the fact that "Elmer Lach des Canadiens de Montreal a gagne le titre de meilleur comp-teur de la ligue nationale" and also that Turk Broda from the Toronto Maple Leafs won the goalkeeper trophy. My question of privilege is this: Some people think that Turk Broda, Connie Smythe and Sylvanus Apps are foreigners. I wish to correct that and tell you that in spite of the fact that Syl Apps has been reported by the papers as coming from Paris, France, it is Paris, Ontario. Turk Broda, Connie Smythe and Sylvanus Apps are all Canadians and Progressive Conservatives.


MR. MCCULLOUGH-REFERENCE TO LETTER RECEIVED ON MARCH 21

CCF

Edward George McCullough

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. E. G. McCULLOUGH (Assiniboia):

Mr. Speaker, I rise to a question of privilege. Yesterday I received from the office of Doctor Beauchesne a letter enclosing a second one to Saint Peter, addressed to heaven. My point is that I am not Saint Peter and my address is not heaven.

Mr. CRUICKSHANIv: Never will be.

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CCF

Edward George McCullough

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. McCULLOUGH (Assiniboia):

I want

the house to understand that no discourtesy was meant by the Clerk of the House in choosing to send the letter to me rather than to some other member. I intend to send the letter to the Prime Minister in the belief that he may be the person to whom it was meant to be forwarded.

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MR. MAYBANK-WHEAT BOARD ACT-REFERENCE TO MOTION FOR INSTRUCTION TO COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

LIB

Ralph Maybank (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Liberal

Mr. RALPH MAYBANK (Winnipeg South Centre):

Mr. Speaker, I rise to a question of privilege. In Votes and Proceedings, and I have no doubt in Hansard as well, my name is left off the list of those who voted for the motion of the Minister of Trade and Commerce (Mr. Howe) that it be an instruction to the committee of the whole that they have power to divide Bill No. 135 into two bills. I did vote for that motion, and the fact is not recorded.

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PC

Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. GORDON GRAYDON (Peel):

Mr. Speaker, I rise to a question of privilege which affects every member of this house and which is both serious and far-reaching. On Friday last the Minister of Trade and Commerce (Mr. Howe) made an important motion arising out of a previous government undertaking he had given to this ho-use with relation to the government's wheat measure. As he moved it another cabinet minister declined to be its

Privilege

seconder. When the vote was taken only two out of a cabinet of eighteen supported the government motion. My question of privilege is this: Cabinet solidarity is a keystone in the very arch of responsible democratic government. Through it the people of Canada have the right to believe that they have assurance that when a member of the government says a thing is going to be done, then in fact it will be done-

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order.

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LIB

James Horace King (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

The hon. member should not make a statement. I would ask him to state the question of privilege.

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Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. GRAYDON:

I am now stating the question of privilege, Mr. Speaker, and I think I should have the right to proceed with it. Cabinet solidarity is a keystone in the very arch of responsible democratic government. Through it the people of Canada have the right to believe that they have assurance that when a member of the government says a thing is going to be done, it in fact will be done, and that nothing short of the defeat of the government and its consequent resignation will prevent that government promise from being carried out. That democratic guarantee was thrown to the winds by cabinet action last Friday, and I want to protest that action with every bit of vigour and earnestness at my command.

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order.

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Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. GRAYDON:

This kind of thing-

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An hon. MEMBER:

He has made his speech.

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LIB

James Horace King (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER :

I would point out to the hon. member that he has stated his question of privilege and he should be satisfied.

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March 22, 1948