Mr. W. M. Johnson (Kindersley):
I rise, Mr. Speaker, on a question of privilege, which action I delayed until the Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources had returned to the house from the recent dominion-provincial conference.
It is reported in the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix of November 19, 1957, that the Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources, when speaking to a Conservative nominating convention in Moose Jaw and referring to the cash advance proposal, said:
C.C.F. members oppose the move as useless, although it was supported by farm organizations.
My question of privilege is based on this false statement. The minister must know full well that every member of the C.C.F. party, far from opposing the legislation, voted for it. On the other hand, six members of the Liberal party opposed the measure by voting against the cash advance proposal. The C.C.F. members in supporting the proposal made it quite clear, as have the farm organizations, that cash advances, as a welcome first step, will not solve the problem of the cost-price squeeze facing western farmers, but that further comprehensive legislation is required.
I noticed in the same paper the minister's complaint of inadequacy of news reports on western members, and it would appear to me that this inadequacy is not being resolved by the distortion of facts by the minister. I am sure the minister will want to take the first opportunity of correcting the statement he has made and of giving an apology to the members of this group who have been misrepresented.
Subtopic: MR. JOHNSON (KINDERSLEY) REFERENCE TO REPORT IN SASKATOON "STAR-PHOENIX"