March 6, 1956

PRIVILEGE

MR. KNOWLES REFERENCE TO REMARKS OF PREMIER OF MANITOBA

CCF

Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. Stanley Knowles (Winnipeg North Centre):

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of privilege. I hold in my hand a copy of the Winnipeg Free Press of last Wednesday afternoon, February 29. On page 5 I find the report of a speech made in the provincial legislature by Premier Campbell of my province, from which I should like to read just two sentences. My point of privilege is that they reflect on this house and on an important section of the staff of this house. The first sentence reads:

Premier D. L. Campbell Tuesday objected to a proposal to have a provincial Hansard (a written record of legislative debate) on the grounds that abuses would result.

The next sentence is in quotation marks, and it is attributed to Premier Campbell.

"It is not understood the extent to which the Ottawa Hansard is doctored."

Apart from the fact that my friend the hon. member for Lanark (Mr. Blair), the Minister of National Revenue (Mr. McCann), and others will not like the use of the word "doctored", I submit, Mr. Speaker, that all members know that any attempt to alter the meaning of anything said in this house is promptly frustrated, thanks in part at any rate to press publicity given to such efforts. The fact is that our Hansard staff produces a faithful record of what is said here and on their behalf, and as a member of the house, I object to Premier Campbell's words.

I have never heard Premier Campbell complaining of the record of the speeches he makes here in Ottawa when he attends federal-provincial conferences. Since it is our staff which records his speeches on those occasions, he should have known better than to make this unfounded charge.

Topic:   PRIVILEGE
Subtopic:   MR. KNOWLES REFERENCE TO REMARKS OF PREMIER OF MANITOBA
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LIB

Walter Edward Harris (Minister of Finance and Receiver General; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Hon. W. E. Harris (Minister of Finance):

On the question of privilege that has been raised by the hon. member, I am sure he will realize that it might not be possible to reproduce in a newspaper the precise intonation and ideas that might be expressed by any speaker. I have not the slightest doubt that 67509-116i

the premier did not intend to reflect on anyone in Ottawa, including the staff of this house. I fancy, however, he was probably just making a remark to indicate what we all admit here, namely that Hansard does improve our English on occasion, and on occasion we try to improve it ourselves.

Topic:   PRIVILEGE
Subtopic:   MR. KNOWLES REFERENCE TO REMARKS OF PREMIER OF MANITOBA
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PC

Donald Methuen Fleming

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fleming:

Mr. Speaker, on this point, on what authority does the Minister of Finance assume to reinterpret what appear to be the plain words of the premier of Manitoba?

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CCF

Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. Knowles:

And they are words within quotation marks.

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BANKING AND COMMERCE

CONCURRENCE IN FIRST REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEE


Mr. John Hunler (Parkdale) presented the first report of the standing committee on banking and commerce, and moved that the report be concurred in. Motion agreed to.


EXTERNAL AFFAIRS


On the orders of the day:


PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prince Albert):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Secretary of State for External Affairs. In view of his reported acceptance of the need of something being done to effectively implement article 2 of the NATO agreement as was reported in the press yesterday following President Gronchi's speech to this house, would the minister say what he has in mind to achieve an extension of the economic and cultural provisions of article 2 and to thereby assure closer collaboration among the NATO nations?

Topic:   BANKING AND COMMERCE
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED EXTENSION OF ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL PROVISIONS
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. L. B. Pearson (Secretary of State for External Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, something has already been done, of course, to carry out the provisions of article 2 of the North Atlantic treaty, which deals with political as well as economic and cultural co-operation. I hope that at the next meeting of the North Atlantic treaty council we will consider what more can be done in this respect. I do not think at this moment I could properly enter into the details of what might be done.

Inquiries of the Ministry

Topic:   BANKING AND COMMERCE
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED EXTENSION OF ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL PROVISIONS
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PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask a supplementary question. What is the nature of the representations Canada intends to make at that meeting to that end?

Topic:   BANKING AND COMMERCE
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED EXTENSION OF ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL PROVISIONS
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. Pearson:

Mr. Speaker, that will be decided when we agree on an agenda and when the policy of the government in respect of the items of that agenda is determined.

Topic:   BANKING AND COMMERCE
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED EXTENSION OF ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL PROVISIONS
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MIDDLE EAST

REQUESTED REIMPOSITION OF PROHIBITION ON ARMS SHIPMENTS


On the orders of the day:


PC

George Randolph Pearkes

Progressive Conservative

Mr. G. R. Pearkes (Esquimall-Saanich):

Mr. Speaker, may I direct a question to the Prime Minister. In view of the situation which has developed in the Middle East will the Prime Minister give consideration to reimposing a prohibition upon the shipment of arms to that area?

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Subtopic:   REQUESTED REIMPOSITION OF PROHIBITION ON ARMS SHIPMENTS
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LIB

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

Liberal

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

I am under the impression that there are no arms going forward at this time. Applications for further permits are kept under consideration and that consideration will not be completed until the situation in the Middle East seems to ease.

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Subtopic:   REQUESTED REIMPOSITION OF PROHIBITION ON ARMS SHIPMENTS
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March 6, 1956