Mr. Erik Nielsen (Yukon):
Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of privilege affecting all hon. members of this house. It has to do with a reply to a question given by the Minister of Transport (Mr. Pickersgill) yesterday which is to be found on pages 14 and 15 of Hansard.
The minister will recall that I directed a question to him concerning short run routes of T.C.A. and his reply, as it appears at the foot of the right hand column on page 14 of Hansard, reads as follows:
I was rather surprised to read what I was supposed to have said, myself. What I did in fact say was that T.C.A. had found in western Canada, as hon. members well know, that there are certain of these short routes which cannot be serviced with modern long range aircraft. I was not seeking to draw any inferences from that with regard to future policy.
My question of privilege has to do with the words "long range". I realize that the minister, who is very busy, would likely have his blues checked by his assistants and that certain words found their way perhaps inadvertently into the text of his reply. I was listening very carefully to what he said, and, of course, my supplementary question, which is to be found on page 15, was based on the actual reply he made, a reply which did not include the words "long range". My supplementary question, based on the words used by the hon. gentleman, was as follows:
Would the minister inform the house what runs cannot be handled by modem aircraft in use today?
I would not have used that form of words had the minister's reply contained the words "long range".
I suggest to the minister that he agree with me that those two words "long range" be deleted from the official record of the debates of yesterday so as to maintain the accuracy of replies. This would avoid the necessity of a remedial motion to have those words deleted from the text.
Subtopic: MR. NIELSEN REFERENCE TO REPLY BY TRANSPORT MINISTER