Right Hon. L. S. St. Laurent (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of personal privilege affecting my position as leader of the government in this house.
The question of privilege arises out of a statement the leader of the opposition (Mr. Drew) is reported in this morning's Montreal Gazette to have made at McGill university on Saturday afternoon. The statement, which is in very sweeping terms, refers to certain measures the government is seeking to introduce in this house, measures which the leader of the opposition has not yet seen but which nevertheless he condemns unseen.
There are two sentences in the reported statement which cannot be allowed to pass without an immediate challenge. They are as follows:
Make no mistake about it: we are fighting for personal and economic freedom here in Canada today.
Subtopic: REFERENCE TO REPORTED STATEMENT OF MR. DREW AT MCGILL UNIVERSITY