Mr. Gilles Gregoire (Lapointe):
Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of privilege concerning the rights of all hon. members in the house to get the truth in answers given by members of the cabinet.
To a question put to him yesterday by the leader of the official opposition, the Acting Prime Minister gave this reply, as reported on page 5156 of Hansard, left hand column:
If hon. members will allow me, I will do my best to answer it. In the next place I should like to say that there is nothing either in the statement made by the premier of the province of Quebec or in the statement I listened to this morning that is in the nature of an ultimatum.
Now, Mr. Speaker, on May 27, 1963, I put a question to the Minister of Justice and Acting Prime Minister (Mr. Chevrier) and here is what he replied as shown in Hansard, at page 282.
Mr. Speaker, I duly received the press releases the hon. member sent me. I even heard the Quebec premier, Mr. Lesage, on television, when he stated that he considered as an ultimatum the claims or proposals of the province of Quebec.
Mr. Speaker, on May 27, 1963, the Minister of Justice admitted that the Quebec proposals were in the nature of an ultimatum and yesterday, November 27, as shown in Hansard, the Minister of Justice stated that there was no ultimatum.
I believe, Mr. Speaker, and this is my point of privilege, that the members of this house are entitled to get the whole truth and not answers where facts are concealed; and members of the cabinet have no right to shirk their responsibilities as the Minister of Justice tried to do yesterday.