Hon. Paul Martin (Essex East):
Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of privilege. Last night the Prime Minister spoke to the nation over the television facilities of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and in the course of that speech he made an announcement of government policy. He referred to the effective date when various amendments to social security measures would be applied in Canada.
I submit to you, sir, that it is within the traditions and practices of parliament that announcements of government policy, while the house is in session, should be made in parliament. I should have thought, Mr. Speaker, that such an announcement by one who in the past has so often regarded himself as one of the champions of parliament would not have been made by that particular right hon. gentleman. I think my question of privilege, sir, is well founded, particularly in view of the fact that on October 22 the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre (Mr. Knowles)-
Subtopic: MR. MARTIN (ESSEX EAST)-REFERENCE TO REMARKS OF PRIME MINISTER IN TELEVISION ADDRESS