Or it used to be, as my leader has pointed out. But here we have, because of an arrangement, an arrangement on which the province up to five days before had every reason to believe it could rely, the Prime Minister, without any knowledge of the facts, as his previous statement shows, arrogating to himself and to his colleagues the functions of an attorney general of a province. That is what happened, because there can be no question that in the province of Quebec where they have provincial police it would not be possible for the minister to do this; but because the provincial authorities in a smaller and poorer province had made an arrangement which the minister last night said he believed to be a good one, for that reason it is deprived of its rights, deprived of the necessary instrument on which it had every right to rely in order to carry out those rights. That is what the Prime Minister's statement means and it is all that it can mean.
Then he went on to reinforce that with another sentence. I do not intend to read the whole statement unless I am asked to do so, but he went on to make this extraordinary observation, no doubt out of his vast knowledge of what was going on in Newfoundland:
I would think that the danger of disorder and violence would be very much reduced if all those concerned would agree to a cooling off period of say two weeks.
Here was a situation where a man had been killed. Here was a situation where the
whole population of an area was tense and where, if ever, there should be more than adequate police in order to make sure that the situation did not deteriorate. But what do we have from the Prime Minister? No police but just this appeal for a cooling off.