February 23, 1966

THE ROYAL ASSENT

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Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

I have the honour to inform the house that I have received the following communication:

Ottawa, February 23, 1966

Sir:

I have the honour to inform you that the Honourable Robert Taschereau, P.C., Chief Justice of Canada, acting as Deputy of His Excellency the Governor General, will proceed to the Senate chamber today, February 23, at 5.45 p.m., for the purpose of giving royal assent to certain bills.

I have the honour to be, sir

Your obedient servant,

A. G. Cherrier

Assistant Secretary to the Governor General SHIPBUILDING

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BRITISH COLUMBIA-TABLING OF CORRESPONDENCE RESPECTING SUBSIDIES

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Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member for Comox-Alberni (Mr. Barnett) asked me the other day to table my correspondence with the premier of British Columbia concerning the shipbuilding subsidies program, and I am very glad to do this now.

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PRIVILEGE

MISS LAMARSH-REPORTED STATEMENT RESPECTING CENTENNIAL ADVERTISING CONTRACTS

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Julia Verlyn (Judy) LaMarsh (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. Judy V. LaMarsh (Secretary of Stale):

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of personal privilege related to certain remarks reported to have been made in Toronto yesterday by one Jerry Goodis, president of the Toronto advertising firm of Goodis, Goldberg, Soren Limited.

As reported in the business section of this morning's Globe and Mail-

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Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Order, please. I regret to interrupt the minister. Notice was given to the Chair within a few minutes of two o'clock or around two o'clock that this question of privilege might be raised by the minister. However, as far as I know, no written notice was given as required by the rules, and I

suggest in the circumstances that the minister cannot raise a question of privilege unless the house desires to allow the minister to make a statement.

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Some hon. Members:

Agreed.

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LIB

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Agreed.

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Julia Verlyn (Judy) LaMarsh (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Miss LaMarsh:

I thank the house for its indulgence, Mr. Speaker.

As reported in the business section of this morning's Globe and Mail, Mr. Goodis has publicly accused me of what he calls partisan pork-barrelling in the allotment of what he refers to-

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An hon. Member:

What's wrong with that?

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Julia Verlyn (Judy) LaMarsh (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Miss LaMarsh:

-as $5 million worth of centennial advertising and promotion.

If I might correct Mr. Goodis on one point of fact at the outset, I would point out that the $5 million figure referred to represents the total amount of advertising and promotion to be contracted by government agencies-and this includes the government travel bureau as well as the centennial commission-for the promotion inside Canada and without of our centennial celebrations.

Of that amount authorization has to date been finalized for only $1,260,000. This involves promotion and advertising inside Canada by the centennial commission. Within this amount three separate contracts have been awarded; one for English language advertising, one for French language advertising and one for the special promotion of the Canada Festival performing arts program. The award of a fourth, for public relations services, currently is under study.

As to the three that have been awarded, I wish to make it clear that these were matters initiated and decided by the centennial commission itself. The procedure followed by the commission in this regard was completely in line with that normally followed by all governments and private interests in this field. It was-and I have a statement from the general manager of this organization to confirm this-in line to the letter with the code of ethics laid down by the Institute of Canadian Advertising.

The commission, as is done in every other case, invited certain advertising and public relations agencies to bid for the contracts.

February 23, 1966

Question of Privilege

The number invited totalled not four, as was suggested by Mr. Goodis, but 15. The live agencies which were invited to bid for the major English advertising contract in particular account among them for 40 per cent of all the business done in this field in Canada. Rather than being the "pets" of any minister or government, they are acknowledged by both public and private interests to be the leading practitioners of their profession in Canada.

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Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Order, please. The Chair has great hesitation in interrupting the minister, particularly in view of the fact that she has received the consent or unanimous agreement of the house to make a statement at this time, presumably on the question of privilege. I have a very serious doubt as to whether it is a question of privilege at all. The minister is questioning the accuracy of statements made outside the house, and I suggest to her that perhaps another opportunity might be afforded to her to rectify the record, if she feels that the record ought to be rectified.

I submit with the greatest of deference to the minister that there is really no question of privilege. I have heard the substance of what she proposes to say at this time, and as I say I hesitate to interrupt her, but I would ask her not to pursue her statement and to bring it on at another occasion.

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Michael Starr (Official Opposition House Leader; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Michael Siarr (Ontario):

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. If you think there is no question of privilege in the statement being made by the minister, I think the matter should end right there.

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Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

This, of course, is what the Chair is suggesting. However, there is nothing to prevent the minister from making a statement on another occasion, but not as a question of privilege.

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

New Democratic Party

Mr. Stanley Knowles (Winnipeg North Centre):

On the point of order, Mr. Speaker, I wonder if it could be asked whether the minister will found a motion on the question of privilege. Is that not the test?

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Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

The minister can make a motion if there is a prima facie question of privilege. The Chair is of the opinion that there is not.

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INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANIZATION

TABLING OF INSTRUMENTS ADOPTED AT FORTY NINTH CONFERENCE

February 23, 1966