April 18, 1962

BEAUCEVILLE, QUE. PURCHASE OF PROPERTY


Motion No. 52-Mr. Racine: That an order of the house do issue for a copy of all correspondence, telegrams, options, and contracts concerning the purchase of a lot for the construction of a public building in Beauceville, together with a copy of all contracts or other documents now in the possession of the Department of Public Works relating to this property.


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Gabriel Roberge

Liberal

Mr. Roberge:

I move this motion on behalf of the hon. member for Beauce (Mr. Racine).

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Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Is it agreed that the hon. member for Megantic may proceed in the absence of the hon. member for Beauce?

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Some hon. Members:

Agreed.

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Some hon. Members:

No.

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Paul Joseph James Martin

Liberal

Mr. Martin (Essex East):

Why not?

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An hon. Member:

You are afraid.

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Louis-Joseph Pigeon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Pigeon:

No, we are not afraid; he is not in the house.

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Lionel Chevrier (Official Opposition House Leader; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Hon. Lionel Chevrier (Laurier):

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of privilege having to do with this motion as well as questions in the name of the hon. member for Beauce which were raised as a question of privilege

Motions for Papers

in the house some time ago. The points I raise are two in number. First, there are five questions standing in the name of the hon. member, certainly the vast majority of which could have been answered in a very short time.

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Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Order.

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Lionel Chevrier (Official Opposition House Leader; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

They were not answered-

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Some hon. Members:

Order.

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Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Order. I think the hon. member for Laurier will agree with me that delay in answering a question, or the absence of an answer, does not raise a question of privilege.

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Paul Theodore Hellyer

Liberal

Mr. Hellyer:

The government has to keep the old cabbage leaves well covered.

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Lionel Chevrier (Official Opposition House Leader; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

In view of the serious allegations made by the hon. member, I think it would be appropriate to answer the question.

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Some hon. Members:

Order.

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Lionel Chevrier (Official Opposition House Leader; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

However, dealing with the motion, if the minister and the government, who seem to be unmoved by the questions and the motion, are so sure of the facts it seems to me they should accept the motion.

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Some hon. Members:

Order.

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Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Order. I thought perhaps the hon. member was raising a point of order as to whether the motion could be placed before the house in the absence of the hon. member in whose name it stands. My impression is that without the consent of the house a substitute mover is not acceptable.

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April 18, 1962