May 5, 1965

PRIVILEGE

MR. WINKLER-RADIO NEWS REPORT RESPECTING HOUSE VOTE

PC

Eric Alfred Winkler (Chief Opposition Whip; Whip of the Progressive Conservative Party)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Eric A. Winkler (Grey-Bruce):

Mr. Speaker, last night during the course of the late news Mr. Ab Douglas of CJOH-TV, had

this to say:

Once again absenteeism in the Conservative party-failed to topple the Liberal Government. This proves that John Diefenbaker no longer has the support of his own party.

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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear.

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Some hon. Members:

Shame.

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PC

Eric Alfred Winkler (Chief Opposition Whip; Whip of the Progressive Conservative Party)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Winkler:

Members of his party failed to vote because they do not want to topple the minority Liberal Government.

I cannot vouch for the exact wording, Mr. Speaker, because I was denied a transcript of the broadcast.

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Some hon. Members:

Shame.

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PC

Eric Alfred Winkler (Chief Opposition Whip; Whip of the Progressive Conservative Party)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Winkler:

Mr. Speaker, these words are not in accordance with the facts. Following I give you, the House and the country the percentages of the attendance at Monday night's vote: Progressive Conservative, 85.11 per

cent-

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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear.

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PC

Eric Alfred Winkler (Chief Opposition Whip; Whip of the Progressive Conservative Party)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Winkler:

Liberals 79.85 per cent-

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PC

Howard Russell MacEwan

Progressive Conservative

Mr. MacEwan:

Come on; jeer now.

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PC

Eric Alfred Winkler (Chief Opposition Whip; Whip of the Progressive Conservative Party)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Winkler:

Social Credit, 77.78 per cent; Ralliement Creditiste, 69.23 per cent; and N.D.P., 61.12 per cent.

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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh.

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NDP

Stanley Howard Knowles (N.D.P. House Leader; Whip of the N.D.P.)

New Democratic Party

Mr. Knowles:

What about Thursday?

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PC

Eric Alfred Winkler (Chief Opposition Whip; Whip of the Progressive Conservative Party)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Winkler:

It will, of course, be borne in mind that the Social Credit party, voting with the Government, maintained the Liberal party in power. My question of privilege is this, that Mr. Douglas should not in a political, partisan manner falsely impute motives in regard to members of the Conservative caucus, nor should he mislead the public in this way.

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QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


MARK SMERCHANSKI, WINNIPEG-CRIMINAL CHARGES

NDP

Mr. Fisher

New Democratic Party

1. Did the crown appoint special counsel to prepare tax evasion charges and/or to act on its behalf in a criminal investigation regarding tax evasion by a Mark Smerchanski, of Winnipeg, Manitoba? If so, what was the counsel's name, the date of his appointment, the amount of fees paid to him as of the present date, was he instructed to prefer criminal charges against Mark Smerchanski as a result of his investigation and if so. when, and, as a result, what criminal charges, if any. were recommended to the crown?

2. Did the crown proceed with any criminal charges against Mark Smerchanski as a result of such recommendations and, if not, for what reason?

3. At what date if ever, did the crown instruct counsel to discontinue any criminal proceedings against Mark Smerchanski? If so, on whose authority were these instructions issued?

4. Did the crown receive any out of court settlement in the Smerchanski case? If so, when, what was the amount, and what items did it cover?

5. During the period between the instructions, if any, to counsel to institute criminal proceedings and any out of court settlement did the departments concerned, including the Minister of Justice or the Minister of National Revenue or the Prime Minister receive any representations, of either telephonic, letter, or personal visit form with regard to this case from any of the following residents of greater Winnipeg, Joseph O'Sullivan, or Gildas Molgat and, if so, when, and what was the gist of such representations?

6. Were the books, records, and accounts of Mark Smerchanski and any companies or partnerships in which he had an interest seized by the Department of National Revenue or any of its agents, and, if so, on what date did this take place and on what date were they returned?

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Edgar John Benson (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Hon. E. J. Benson (Minister of National Revenue):

Without engaging in a discussion of the secrecy provisions of the Income Tax Act, I wish to point out that the taxpayer mentioned in the question has appealed to the Exchequer Court of Canada and the matter is thus sub judice.

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May 5, 1965