Mr. Andre Forlin (Lolbiniere):
Pursuant to Standing Order 17 (2), I have given notice to the Chair of a question of privilege I intended to raise at the beginning of the sitting, following the extremely serious statements made by the Prime Minister (Mr. Trudeau) last night on the C.B.C.'s French radio and television network, that is that members of the House of Commons are rather old fogies.
He stated moreover that parliament is an antiquated institution and on the whole, his statement suggested that he feels nothing good is done by parliament and that it is only a waste of time for which the members of the opposition are responsible.
To make it worse, the injustice results from the fact that the C.B.C.'s French network was not fair enough to ask for an account from a member of the opposition to counteract the Prime Minister's gratuitous and extremely serious statements.
In my opinion it is sheer dishonesty, a breach of the members' privileges and of the right to information of the Canadian people.
Subtopic: MR. FORTIN-PROTEST AGAINST STATEMENT BY PRIME MINISTER ON C.B.C. FRENCH NETWORK