May 6, 1955

MINISTER OF TRADE AND COMMERCE

WELCOME BACK TO HOUSE

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Louis-René Beaudoin (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

May I, with unanimous consent, tell the right hon. Minister of Trade and Commerce (Mr. Howe) how pleased we are to see him back from his trip looking so well.

Topic:   MINISTER OF TRADE AND COMMERCE
Subtopic:   WELCOME BACK TO HOUSE
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PRIVILEGE

MR. JOHNSTON (BOW RIVER) REFERENCE TO STATEMENT BY HON. MEMBER FOR SWIFT CURRENT-MAPLE CREEK

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Charles Edward Johnston

Social Credit

Mr. C. E. Johnston (Bow River):

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of personal privilege. Yesterday in the house, when the hon. member for Swift Current-Maple Creek (Mr. Studer) was speaking, he indicated that I took a certain action in this house on a previous occasion. I did no such thing. Since he has accused me of that action, I wish now to state my part of that case, if I have your permission.

Topic:   PRIVILEGE
Subtopic:   MR. JOHNSTON (BOW RIVER) REFERENCE TO STATEMENT BY HON. MEMBER FOR SWIFT CURRENT-MAPLE CREEK
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Louis-René Beaudoin (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

I do not know exactly to what the hon. gentleman is referring at this moment, but I want to make sure that we are not going to confuse the situation which perhaps, if correction is necessary, should be corrected only when the debate is resumed. If I recall what took place last night, the hon. member for Swift Current-Maple Creek was referring to the way a member voted on a certain occasion. If the hon. member wishes at this time to correct the interpretation of that vote by the hon. member for Swift Current-Maple Creek, it seems to me that the time at which to do it would be when the debate is resumed. I do not think a member, on a question of privilege, once a debate has been adjourned, could try to correct an interpretation of either words pronounced or views expressed or the manner in which a vote has been given in a debate that has been adjourned.

Topic:   PRIVILEGE
Subtopic:   MR. JOHNSTON (BOW RIVER) REFERENCE TO STATEMENT BY HON. MEMBER FOR SWIFT CURRENT-MAPLE CREEK
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Charles Edward Johnston

Social Credit

Mr. Johnston (Bow River):

Mr. Speaker, of course I must abide by your decision, and I have no desire whatever to try to override the rules of this house, but it is not a case

of the hon. member for Swift Current-Maple Creek misinterpreting anything. It is a case of his making a deliberate false statement, and he knew it to be false. If you suggest, Mr. Speaker, that I should refrain from speaking on this question now and wait until the debate comes up, I shall be glad to do that. I shall have to await your decision.

Topic:   PRIVILEGE
Subtopic:   MR. JOHNSTON (BOW RIVER) REFERENCE TO STATEMENT BY HON. MEMBER FOR SWIFT CURRENT-MAPLE CREEK
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Louis-René Beaudoin (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

As I said, if the hon. member wishes to refer to what took place last night in the manner I have indicated, it is a matter of opinion as to whether the hon. member knew what he said to be false and whether he spoke some falsehood deliberately or not. As the hon. member knows, until the matter has been clarified, the hon. member who has made a statement, certainly in good faith, should not be accused of having spoken any falsehood until the contrary has been proven.

Topic:   PRIVILEGE
Subtopic:   MR. JOHNSTON (BOW RIVER) REFERENCE TO STATEMENT BY HON. MEMBER FOR SWIFT CURRENT-MAPLE CREEK
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Charles Edward Johnston

Social Credit

Mr. Johnston (Bow River):

I shall clarify it when the debate is resumed.

Topic:   PRIVILEGE
Subtopic:   MR. JOHNSTON (BOW RIVER) REFERENCE TO STATEMENT BY HON. MEMBER FOR SWIFT CURRENT-MAPLE CREEK
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LIB

Louis-René Beaudoin (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

That is the best procedure to follow.

Topic:   PRIVILEGE
Subtopic:   MR. JOHNSTON (BOW RIVER) REFERENCE TO STATEMENT BY HON. MEMBER FOR SWIFT CURRENT-MAPLE CREEK
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Irvin William Studer

Liberal

Mr. Sluder:

I ask for special consideration. I was just reading the record. I was not making any charges on the record.

Topic:   PRIVILEGE
Subtopic:   MR. JOHNSTON (BOW RIVER) REFERENCE TO STATEMENT BY HON. MEMBER FOR SWIFT CURRENT-MAPLE CREEK
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LIB

Louis-René Beaudoin (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Order.

Topic:   PRIVILEGE
Subtopic:   MR. JOHNSTON (BOW RIVER) REFERENCE TO STATEMENT BY HON. MEMBER FOR SWIFT CURRENT-MAPLE CREEK
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NATIONAL CAPITAL PLAN

SUGGESTED SETTING UP OF COMMITTEE TO STUDY OTTAWA PLANNING


On the orders of the day:


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

Liberal

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

On Wednesday, Mr. Speaker, the hon. member for Rosetown-Biggar (Mr. Cold-well) asked me if it was still the intention of the government to set up a committee to look into the affairs of the federal district commission.

The speech from the throne indicated that a joint committee of both houses would be proposed to examine, in the light of the Municipal Grants Act and possible amendments thereto, the financial and other relationships of the government and the federal district commission with the city of Ottawa and neighbouring municipalities.

It is now the feeling of the government that there are so many committees in operation at this time considering matters of great importance that it would not be possible at this stage of the session to have a committee

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Inquiries of the Ministry on the scale originally contemplated; that the municipal grants bill now before the house might therefore be referred to the banking and commerce committee as soon as second reading has been completed; and that there might be an opportunity before the close of the session to establish the joint committee with a view to laying the foundation for a wider examination of the work of the federal district commission at the next session.

Topic:   NATIONAL CAPITAL PLAN
Subtopic:   SUGGESTED SETTING UP OF COMMITTEE TO STUDY OTTAWA PLANNING
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POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT

PUNCTUALITY OF EMPLOYEES


On the orders of the day:


May 6, 1955