April 30, 1964

PRIVILEGE

MR. MACALUSO REFERENCE TO HEADLINE IN HAMILTON "SPECTATOR"


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Joseph Angelo Macaluso

Liberal

Mr. Joseph Macaluso (Hamilton West):

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of personal privilege. It has to do with a newspaper report which appeared on page 1 of yesterday's Hamilton Spectator in which a story under the by-line of Mr. Tim Creery deals with a discussion between several Liberal M.P.'s and the hon. member for Labelle prior to his defection to the Conservative party.

I have no objection to the contents of this article, but the headline is misleading, unfair and damaging to the integrity of myself and the other hon. members mentioned in the story. The headline reads "Link City M.P. to Socred's 'Bribe' Claim". My question of personal privilege is based on two things, Mr. Speaker. First, any suggestions made by the hon. member for Labelle about a bribe were not directed to any of the M.P.'s involved in the discussions. Second, while Mr. Davey and all the hon. members concerned on this side have denied any suggestion of a bribe being offered, this matter has still to be looked into by a parliamentary committee. The headline, then, is wrong when it links my name or the names of any of the hon. members involved with alleged bribery.

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MR. LANGLOIS PARTY DESIGNATION OF MEMBERS FOR LABELLE AND RIMOUSKI

RA

Raymond Langlois

Ralliement Créditiste

Mr. Raymond Langlois (Meganiic):

I rise on a question of privilege, Mr. Speaker.

In Hansard of yesterday, April 29, 1964, the list of members of the house still showed the hon. member for Labelle (Mr. Girouard) and the hon. member for Rimouski (Mr. Ouellet) as being affiliated to the Social Credit party. I consider that to be an insult to the Social Credit party and a slight on all rightthinking members.

I ask, Mr. Speaker, that there be an immediate retractation and correction on the part of those responsible for such a disgrace, for we will no longer accept to be dishonoured by such ties.

Topic:   MR. LANGLOIS PARTY DESIGNATION OF MEMBERS FOR LABELLE AND RIMOUSKI
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Maurice Bourget (Speaker of the Senate)

Mr. Speaker:

May I point out that I am informed a clerical error was inadvertently made, and that it will be corrected.

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MR. NESBITT-APPEARANCE ON C.B.C. PROGRAM "VIEWPOINT"

PC

Wallace Bickford (Wally) Nesbitt

Progressive Conservative

Mr. W. B. Nesbitt (Oxford):

I wish to raise a question of privilege in connection with another matter which concerns a great many members of this house. I may say to Your Honour that this is the first opportunity I have had of raising this matter because I have just received a photostatic copy of the newspaper article in question.

This newspaper article appeared in the Toronto Telegram of April 20 and was written by one Lubor Zink, a member of the parliamentary press gallery. It concerned the appearance by myself on the C.B.C. television program "Viewpoint". I am not concerned with the observations of Mr. Zink concerning myself, no matter how unfounded and bizarre they may be, but I am concerned with one of the things said in the article, which is as follows:

I have nothing against the M.P.'s expressing their unavoidably partisan opinion over the public-owned C.B.C. and getting paid for it with taxpayers' money-

Mr. Speaker, I did not receive any fee for appearing on this program, nor have I ever received any fees from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. It is also my understanding that most other members of parliament do not accept fees for appearing on the C.B.C. I would draw Your Honour's attention that in view of the terms of the House of Commons Act this false allegation by Mr. Zink may well be defamatory, and I trust that either he or his newspaper, or both, will publish an appropriate apology and denial.

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CONSUMER CREDIT

CONCURRENCE IN FIRST REPORT OF JOINT COMMITTEE


Mr. J. J. Greene (Renfrew South) presented the first report of the joint committee on consumer credit, and moved that the report be concurred in. Motion agreed to. 2752 HOUSE OF Statement on Science and Research SCIENCE AND RESEARCH


STATEMENT RESPECTING ORGANIZATION OF GOVERNMENT ACTIVITIES

LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Right Hon. L. B. Pearson (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to inform the house of certain decisions reached by the government concerning the organization of government activities relating to science and research.

Hon. members will recall that last December I asked Dr. C. J. Mackenzie to examine the activities of government relating to science and technology and report how, in his view, our efforts might be made more effective. On January 28 last Dr. Mackenzie submitted a report, a copy of which I now table in both French and English. I draw the attention of the house to the two principal recommendations put forward by Dr. Mackenzie in his progress report.

The first recommendation, which the government has now decided to adopt, is that a scientific secretariat be established to assemble and analyse information about the government's scientific programs and their interrelation with other scientific activities throughout Canada. This organization, which will be a small fact finding and analytical group serving in a staff capacity without executive authority, will, subject to approval of appropriate provisions in the next supplementary estimates, be established as part of the privy council office. It will, we believe, meet a long felt need in providing day to day support in the work of the privy council committee on scientific and industrial research.

Professor F. A. Forward, head of the department of metallurgy at the University of British Columbia, has agreed to serve as the first director of this scientific secretariat during its formative period. The establishment of the new office will take effect next July, and we count ourselves very fortunate in having secured the services of a man with the record, experience and ability of Dr. Forward. In creating this scientific secretariat, the government is also following substantially the course recommended by the Glassco commission.

The second recommendation contained in Dr. Mackenzie's report has to do with the proposal for a national committee on scientific policy, which again had been recommended by the Glassco commission. It will be noted from the report that Dr. Mackenzie in his report agreed in principle with this recommendation, but felt that before such an advisory committee could be brought into being we should re-examine the role of the national research council and define more clearly, in consultation with the national research council, what relationship should exist between it and the proposed new committee.

IMr. Greene.]

The government agrees that before a new advisory committee can be established the questions raised by Dr. Mackenzie in his report must be settled. This matter will therefore be the subject of study by the government, and in particular by the privy council committee on scientific and industrial research during the coming months, and it will be one of the first tasks of the new scientific secretariat to assist the privy council committee in this study.

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UNITED NATIONS

TABLING OF REPORT OF SECRETARY GENERAL ON CYPRUS OPERATION

LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. Paul Martin (Secretary of Slate for External Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to table the report dated April 29, 1964 of the secretary general of the United Nations to the security council on the operations of the United Nations peace keeping force in Cyprus, to which I made reference yesterday. In view of the importance of this report, perhaps the house would agree to incorporate it as part of today's Hansard proceedings.

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Subtopic:   TABLING OF REPORT OF SECRETARY GENERAL ON CYPRUS OPERATION
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Maurice Bourget (Speaker of the Senate)

Mr. Speaker:

Does the house give consent to having the report printed as an appendix to Hansard?

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Subtopic:   TABLING OF REPORT OF SECRETARY GENERAL ON CYPRUS OPERATION
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Some hon. Members:

Agreed.

[Editor's note: For text of report referred to above, see appendix.]

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Subtopic:   TABLING OF REPORT OF SECRETARY GENERAL ON CYPRUS OPERATION
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PRESS PRIVILEGE

April 30, 1964