Hon. G. J. Mcllrailh (Minister of Transport):
Mr. Speaker, yesterday at the opening of the session the hon. member for Winnipeg North (Mr. Orlikow) made a statement, as a question of privilege, concerning a press story in the Winnipeg Free Press of November 5, referring to the Dixon-Speas report. I did not hear the earlier part of the hon. gentleman's statement, as I came into the house when his remarks were nearing conclusion.
In the course of his statement he quoted from the Winnipeg Free Press of November 5, part of which quotation was as follows:
Mrs. Konantz had seen the Dixon-Speas report and could understand why it could not be made public. She said it contained information which could not be given to C.P.A., T.C.A.'s main competitor.
Later in the day at the question period questions were asked on the same general subject matter by the hon. member for Pro-vencher (Mr. Jorgenson) and the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre (Mr. Knowles), and in the course of these questions and answers I said I did not show the report to the hon. member for Winnipeg South.
The facts are that the hon. member for Winnipeg South came to my office, and among other subjects pressed me to do all I could to make sure that the T.C.A. maintenance and overhaul base did not move from Winnipeg, and asked me why I did not table the Dixon-Speas report. The Dixon-Speas report was on a table behind my desk where I had been working on it.
Subtopic: MR. ORLIKOW AVAILABILITY OF REPORT RESPECTING T.C.A. WINNIPEG MAINTENANCE BASE STATEMENT BY MINISTER