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.
Subtopic: MR. KNOWLES REFERENCE TO REMARKS OF PREMIER OF MANITOBA