Mr. J. N. Tremblay (Roberval):
Mr. Speaker, on a question of privilege, I want to protest against a report as published in the Montreal newspaper La Presse, of July 15, 1959 concerning the parliamentary committee on radio and television.
Headed "No orchids to C.B.C. witnesses" the item makes great ado about a meeting in camera which was called for the purpose of drafting the report that the parliamentary committee on radio and television was to submit to this house.
The article imputes to me certain actions, words and motives. I want to state here that what the report says about me is untrue.
I also protest against indiscretions that might have been made by one or more members of the committee. If this were so, such action would be a breach of parliamentary practice of the traditions of this house.
As to the action of the reporter involved, Mr. Speaker, I have no need to characterize it. It bespeaks a lack of professional ethics, contempt for the rights of parliament and for the privileges of hon. members of parliamentary committees. In my view, it is a blow to their freedom of opinion and of thought, and a serious abuse of the rights and privileges granted by parliament to members of the press gallery.
Subtopic: MR. TREMBLAY REFERENCE TO ARTICLE IN MONTREAL "LA PRESSE"