Mr. George A. Drew (Leader of the Opposition):
Mr. Speaker, on a question of privilege I wish to draw the attention of the house to the "Canadian Weekly Bulletin," of May 12, issued by the information division of the Department of External Affairs. On the last page there is a small item which reads:
Mr. Drew's motion defeated: Accepting the government's previously expressed view that Canada's anti-subversive laws are adequate, the House of Commons, on May 8, rejected the motion of Mr. George Drew, Progressive Conservative leader, for amendment to the Criminal Code to make communism and "other similar activities" a criminal offence.
I would point out that the motion before the house dealt with communist and other similar activities. If this was regarded as a matter to be commented on by this weekly bulletin issued by a department of the government, then it would have been appropriate that the quotation marks be in the right place and that the words of the motion itself be used. There is a distinct difference between a proposal to make communism a criminal offence and appropriate legislation to deal with communist and similar activities. I have stated on numerous occasions that an attempt to deal in an act with communism under the name of communism is not effective because it is possible to change the name from time to time. That is the reason why the resolution was drawn as it was, and asked for appropriate legislation to deal with communist and similar activities.
At the appropriate time I will raise strong objection to public money being spent on a propaganda sheet of this kind. I object to 55946-163J
such a sheet misrepresenting what has been stated in the house.
Subtopic: REFERENCE TO "CANADIAN WEEKLY BULLETIN" OF MAY 12, 1950