Mr. George A. Drew (Leader of the Opposition):
Mr. Speaker, on a question of
privilege affecting myself and other members of the house, I should like to point out that in sessional paper No. 107-D, dated May 17, 1951, which was tabled yesterday, I find the following question by the hon. member for Calgary East (Mr. Harkness) with the following answer by the government. This is the third question in that sessional paper, and it has reference to the site of the printing bureau in Hull. The question and answer follow:
Q. How much was paid for the site on which the building is being erected?
A. Estimated cost-$496,817.56.
On checking back I find that in sessional paper No. 107-B, dated March 27, 1950, the following question was asked by the hon. member for Victoria, Ont. (Mr. Hodgson), and the following answer was given by the government:
Q. What was the cost of the site of the proposed printing bureau in Hull, Quebec?
A. Cost of the site to date, $824,979.72.
It is quite evident that an explanation is due from the minister as to this discrepancy, in that the answer tabled yesterday indicates a figure more than $300,000 less than the figure given on March 27 last year as to the cost to date.
Subtopic: PRINTING BUREAU-REFERENCE TO INFORMATION GIVEN IN SESSIONAL PAPERS