Mr. Gilles Gregoire (Lapointe):
Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of privilege concerning the right of members to receive in Hansard as faithful as possible a report of the debates taking place in this house.
While speaking on the address in reply to the speech from the throne, the right hon. Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Diefenbaker) stated that, under his government, no death sentence had been commuted without a recommendation for mercy from the court.
Mr. Speaker, I was present when the Leader of the Opposition made his speech and I distinctly heard him make that statement. Other members, with whom I have checked since, also heard him. In addition, in its January 21 issue the Globe and Mail published the statement we heard as having been made by the Leader of the Opposition.
On the other hand, in his speech, the right hon. Prime Minister (Mr. Pearson) replied rather formally to that statement, as reported on page 70, right-hand column, of the French version of Hansard.
Now, upon reading the speech of the Leader of the Opposition on the question of capital punishment, on pages 52 and 53 of Hansard, there is no trace of the statement made by the Leader of the Opposition, as a result of which the Prime Minister's reply no longer makes sense.
Under the circumstances, I feel it would be advisable to prevent any such errors of transcription in the future, more especially as the Leader of the Opposition had protested indignantly in the past against such incorrect reports, particularly in a speech made by the present Minister of Forestry (Mr. Sauve), as well as in another made by the former minister of finance, now the member for Davenport (Mr. Gordon).
Hence, Mr. Speaker, I should like to move, seconded by the hon. member for Compton-Frontenac (Mr. Latulippe):
That the matter of irregularities or mistakes in transcription in the official report of the speech
made by the leader of the official opposition on January 20, 1966 in the House of Commons, be referred to the committee on privileges and elections.
Subtopic: MR. GREGOIRE-STATEMENT MADE IN HOUSE ALLEGED TO HAVE BEEN ALTERED