July 16, 1959

BROADCASTING


Second report of special committee on broadcasting-Mr. Halpenny. (Translation):


PRIVILEGE

MR. TREMBLAY REFERENCE TO ARTICLE IN MONTREAL "LA PRESSE"

PC

Jean-Noël Tremblay

Progressive Conservative

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.

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Topic:   PRIVILEGE
Subtopic:   MR. TREMBLAY REFERENCE TO ARTICLE IN MONTREAL "LA PRESSE"
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BRIDGES

AUTHORIZATION OF CONSTRUCTION ACROSS NIAGARA RIVER

PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prime Minister) moved

the first reading of Bill No. S-30 (from the Senate) to authorize the construction of a bridge across the Niagara river between the province of Ontario and the state of New York.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

Topic:   BRIDGES
Subtopic:   AUTHORIZATION OF CONSTRUCTION ACROSS NIAGARA RIVER
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AUTHORIZATION OF CONSTRUCTION ACROSS PIGEON RIVER

PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prime Minister) moved

the first reading of Bill No. S-31 (from the Senate) to authorize the construction of a bridge across the Pigeon river between the province of Ontario and the state of Minnesota.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

Topic:   AUTHORIZATION OF CONSTRUCTION ACROSS PIGEON RIVER
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FISHERIES

NEWFOUNDLAND

PC

Gordon Minto Churchill (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Gordon Churchill (Minister of Trade and Commerce) moved

the first reading of Bill No. S-32 (from the Senate), to repeal certain fisheries laws in force in the province of Newfoundland respecting the exportation of salt fish.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

Topic:   FISHERIES
Subtopic:   NEWFOUNDLAND
Sub-subtopic:   RESPECTING EXPORTATION OF SALT FISH
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STATEMENT BY MR. SPEAKER ON REFERENCES TO SENATE PROCEEDINGS

PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Before orders of the day are called, may I refer to a matter which came up at this stage in yesterday's proceedings. I had taken exception to a reference to the proceedings before a committee of the other house with respect to finance under the impression that the committee was still sitting. The Leader of the Opposition raised the point that reports of such committees were a proper subject matter of discussion in this house, and as the matter was left in some uncertainty I should like to assure the house that that is the case and refer to Bourinot's Parliamentary Procedure, fourth edition, at page 357. I think I might read one paragraph dealing with references to the other place:

It is also a part of the unwritten law of parliament that no allusion should be made in one house to the debates in the other chamber, a rule always enforced by the Speaker with the utmost strictness. Members sometimes attempt to evade this rule by resorting to ambiguous terms of expression-by referring, for instance, to what happened "in another place": but all such evasions of a wholesome practice should be stopped by the Speaker, when it is evident to whom the allusions are made.

Inquiries of the Ministry The next sentence is the important one:

It is perfectly regular, however, to refer to the official printed records of the other branch of the legislature, even though the document may not have been formally asked for and communicated to the house.

Topic:   STATEMENT BY MR. SPEAKER ON REFERENCES TO SENATE PROCEEDINGS
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LABOUR CONDITIONS

REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON WINTER WORK PROJECTS


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin

Liberal

Hon. Paul Martin (Essex East):

Mr. Speaker, may I ask the Minister of Labour whether, in view of the statement reported in last night's Ottawa papers and attributed to the mayor of Ottawa, the minister does not think it desirable before the conclusion of this session to formally announce the government's intentions with regard to a winter work program for next autumn and winter?

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON WINTER WORK PROJECTS
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PC

Michael Starr (Minister of Labour)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Michael Starr (Minister of Labour):

Mr. Speaker, my position regarding the winter work program is still the same as I announced the other day.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON WINTER WORK PROJECTS
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July 16, 1959