February 25, 1965

ARTS, LETTERS AND SCIENCES TABLING OF PRELIMINARY REPORT OF ROYAL COMMISSION

LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, I have deposited with the Clerk of the house for tabling today copies in English and French of the preliminary report of the royal commission on bilingualism and biculturalism.

On the orders of the day:

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RA

Gilbert F. Rondeau

Ralliement Créditiste

Mr. Gilbert Rondeau (Shefford):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to direct a question to the Secretary of State.

Can he explain how it is that the Lau-rendeau-Dunton commission's interim report which was tabled in the house this afternoon appeared in Montreal Matin this morning?

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LIB

Maurice Lamontagne (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. Maurice Lamonlagne (Secretary of State):

Mr. Speaker, I cannot answer that question; besides, that matter does not come under my jurisdiction.

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RA

Gilbert F. Rondeau

Ralliement Créditiste

Mr. Rondeau:

Mr. Speaker, I wish to ask a supplementary question. Can the minister tell us who is responsible for the Laurendeau-Dunton commission?

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LIB

Maurice Lamontagne (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. Lamontagne:

I have said that already this week, Mr. Speaker.

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PC

Marcel Joseph Aimé Lambert

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Marcel Lambert (Edmonton West):

have a question to direct to the Prime Minister related to one I asked two days ago with regard to copies of the interim report of the commission on biculturalism and bilingualism. Has the right hon. gentleman now been able to ascertain from the commission just what happened to all the commission's copies?

Righl Hon. L. B. Pearson (Prime Minisier):

I answered this question yesterday in terms submitted to me by the commission when I stated that all the copies of the report in their hands were accounted for. I would be glad to follow up the hon. member's question. 20220-741

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PC

Marcel Joseph Aimé Lambert

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Lambert:

I used the term "unauthorized person". Could the Prime Minister ascertain whether any copies were placed in the hands of members of the press gallery prior to the report being tabled and, if so, which persons and for what purpose?

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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Mr. Pearson:

I am informed that no copies were placed in unauthorized hands of any kind, but I would be glad to make further inquiries.

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PENSIONS

CANADA PLAN-AVAILABILITY OF COMMITTEE PROCEEDINGS

LIB

Alan John Patrick Cameron

Liberal

Mr. A. J. P. Cameron (High Park):

Mr. Speaker, yesterday afternoon when the house was in committee of the whole on the Canada pension plan bill the hon. member for Esquimalt-Saanich asked a question of the Minister of National Health and Welfare which properly should have been directed to me. His question, as recorded at page 11,705 of yesterday's Hansard, was:

Mr. Chairman, may I ask a question of the minister. May I ask the minister whether she can assure us that the last report of the minutes, No. 24, will be available tomorrow?

I should like to refer to the minutes of the proceedings and evidence, report No. 24, which is now in the hands of all hon. members, and in particular to page 2051, where the following is noted about the middle of the page:

The chairman opened the meeting.

The committee instructed the clerk of the committee to delay the printing of this committee's minutes of proceedings of the sitting held on Thursday, February 4, 1965; Friday, February 5, 1965 and Monday, February 8, 1965 until the final report of the committee is presented in the House of Commons.

As hon. members know, this took place a week ago last Tuesday and now the minutes have been printed.

I would also refer to Beauchesne's fourth edition, citation No. 320, and particularly paragraph 5 thereof, which deals with the secrecy of such proceedings.

Inquiries of the Ministry BRITISH NORTH AMERICA ACT

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AMENDMENTS RESPECTING DURATION OF HOUSE OF COMMONS

NDP

William Arnold Peters

New Democratic Party

Mr. Arnold Pelers (Timiskaming) moved

for leave to introduce Bill No. C-148, to amend the British North America Acts, 1867 to 1964 (duration of House of Commons).

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

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THE MINISTRY

KNOWLEDGE BY PRIME MINISTER OF ALLEGATIONS RESPECTING FORMER MINISTER


On the orders of the day:


PC

John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Leader of the Opposition):

I should like to address a question to the Prime Minister. Without dealing in any way with the charge made against the former minister without portfolio, would the right hon. gentleman tell the house, having full regard to the discussions which have taken place in the legislature of Quebec, when this matter was first brought to his attention; the alleged acceptance of a bribe in connection with a matter requiring consideration by the government of Quebec? When did the Prime Minister first become aware of this, and how soon thereafter did he consult with the former minister?

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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

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

This question is now sub judice, and I should like-

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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh.

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February 25, 1965