Hon. L. B. Pearson (Leader of the Opposition):
Mr. Speaker, I am raising a question of personal privilege arising out of a statement made by the Prime Minister in the house on Friday as reported in Hansard at page 3135. I have just had an opportunity of comparing that with the statement as it actually appeared in the press release issued by my office as to what I did say. The Prime Minister was quoting from a statement I made in Toronto on defence policy and he said:
'Canada should contribute to the strategic nuclear deterrent."
At the time, Mr. Speaker, I raised the question that this was a misquotation. I asked the Prime Minister if he would read again the paragraph from which he was supposed to be quoting. Since that time, Mr. Speaker, I have had a chance of reviewing the text released and from which the Prime Minister was quoting. The Prime Minister only omitted one word, Mr. Speaker, from the sentence in question, but it was an important word. He omitted the word "not". The statement I made read "Canada should not contribute to the strategic nuclear deterrent".
Subtopic: MR. PEARSON REFERENCE TO REMARK IN DEBATE BY PRIME MINISTER