Mr. H. Russell MacEwan (Piclou):
Mr. Speaker, I have a question of privilege which I should like to put briefly before the house, which affects all members of the house and the rights of parliament. It is with regard to a press release, small as it may be, in the Halifax Chronicle-Herald for Friday, July 10, 1964, page 19, which reads as follows:
Award of a $18,616 public works department contract to Colin R. MacDonald Limited of Antigonish for repairs to pier A at Pictou was announced from the office of labour minister Allan J. Mac-Eachen here yesterday.
On July 3 I placed a question on the order paper, being question No. 1,423, which asked the number of tenderers and the amounts of the various tenders for harbour improvements and repairs to pier A at Pictou, and I also asked to whom the contract would be awarded. On checking Hansard it will be seen that this question was not answered. What has been done by the minister is to circumvent the rights of parliament. The order paper today is even more sacred following the changes in the rules, and although the minister may have been in Switzerland or perhaps visiting the Queen to right the wrongs of the Minister of Transport in the United Kingdom, this is not the first time this has come before parliament and the rights of parliament must be upheld. I think the government must take due notice of this.
Subtopic: MR. MACEWAN CONTRACT FOR PIER REPAIRS, PICTOU, N.S.