March 1, 1949

PRIVILEGE

STATEMENT OF MR. DREW AT MCGILL UNIVERSITY -REFERENCE TO LETTER OF JULY 11, 1942, WITH RESPECT TO HONG KONG INQUIRY


On the orders of the day:


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George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. George A. Drew (Leader of the Opposition):

Before the orders of the day are called, Mr. Speaker, in accordance with my undertaking of yesterday, I offer, with the consent of the house, to table the letter of July 11, 1942, to which I referred at that time.

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Louis Stephen St-Laurent (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Right Hon. L. S. St. Laurent (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, I understand this is a lengthy letter that the hon. member wrote in 1942 to the then prime minister (Mr. Mackenzie King) about the Hong Kong inquiry. He suggests that with the consent of the house he would like to table it. So far as I am concerned that consent cannot be given, because the tabling of the letter would involve making public certain confidential communications between the government of Canada and the government of the United Kingdom. The government of the United Kingdom was asked repeatedly whether it would consent to these communications being made public. The last exchange of correspondence in that connection took place in April, 1948, and is printed on pages 3429 and 3430 of Hansard of that year. Since the information was communicated confidentially to the government of Canada, the government of Canada cannot permit its being made public without the consent of the government of the United Kingdom, and that consent, though requested, has been refused.

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George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Drew:

The then prime minister made it quite clear last year that at no time was there any communication-

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Some hon. Members:

Order. /

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James Horace King (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

I would call the attention of the leader of the opposition to Beauchesne's Parliamentary Rules and Forms, third edition, page 145. Section 385 reads as follow's:

Papers are laid before the house in pursuance of

(1) Provisions of an act of parliament;

(2) An order of the house;

(3) An address to the crown;

(4) The command of the crown;

(5) Standing orders of the house.

In view of this rule, I must refuse permission to table the document in question.

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George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Drew:

1 do not intend to debate your ruling, Mr. Speaker, but may I say this: I made it quite clear that I recognized the fact that the letter could not be tabled without the consent of the house. The explanation given by the Prime Minister is entirely remote from the facts, but I do not intend to pursue that point.

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Some hon. Members:

Sit down.

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James Horace King (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

I would call the attention of the leader of the opposition to the fact that I have given a ruling, and he must abide by it.

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George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Drew:

Mr. Speaker-

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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 Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Drew:

I am not challenging your ruling, Mr. Speaker. I simply wish to make it clear that I offered the letter for tabling. It has been handed to the press for release.

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James Horace King (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Order. The hon. member knows that the Speaker's rulings are not debatable.

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George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Drew:

That is right.

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REFERENCE TO REPORT IN "GLOBE AND MAIL"' OF MARCH 1


On the orders of the day:


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Harry Oliver White

Progressive Conservative

Mr. H. O. White (Middlesex East):

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of privilege. On page 3 of today's Globe and Mail, under the headline, "Ottawa briefs", I am referred to as the C.C.F. member for Middlesex East. There are some things which I pass over lightly, but this is not one of them.

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March 1, 1949