Mr. Jean Frangois Pouliol (Temiscouata):
I rise on a question of privilege.
Things are always happening to me that are different from what happen to other people. I have to rise on a question of privilege about a very charming piece of news published on my account in yesterday's edition of Le Soleil.
The first statement is erroneous; it is a question of fact. Le Soleil writes as follows:
-the Pouliot family had eminently served the country, as members of the House of Commons or as officials of the House of Commons.
None of my relatives has been an official of the House of Commons.
The second sentence which I find astonishing is the following:
Also everybody believes that Mr. Pouliot has no desire of going to the Senate, because he likes the atmosphere of the House of Commons and would feel somewhat lost in the upper chamber.
The first part of the sentence is very kind but, on the other hand, Mr. Speaker, I must tell you that 1 would not feel lost in the Senate any more than in the House of Commons and I am convinced that though the first part of this article has been written by the correspondent of Le Soleil, whom I haven't seen since the beginning of the session, the second part has been concocted in a cafeteria at the corner of Cote d'Abraham and De la Couronne street in Quebec city, in the Le Soleil building.
It seems very tactless to make statements of that kind without waiting for the decision of the Prime Minister (Mr. St. Laurent) who undoubtedly has something to say about appointments to the Senate, and without consulting the man directly concerned who is none other than the member for Temiscouata.
I hope that Le Soleil will publish these remarks tomorrow at the same place the article appeared.
I remember that, when I was elected for the first time, I brought a $10,000 action for damages against the newspaper Le Soleil, to 68108-19J
which I had sent a long letter to set the facts in their true light.
This letter was published. Le Soleil paid the costs of the action and made a retraction, in an editorial, saying that the new member for Temiscouata was "a charming fellow". I hope that I won't be compelled to resort to the same methods to have the statements of Le Soleil corrected.
Subtopic: MR. POULIOT REFERENCE TO ARTICLE IN "LE SOLEIL"