Hon. George Hees (Prince Edward-Hasl-ings):
Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of privilege to set the record straight on a matter of importance affecting the integrity of the government.
Yesterday I implied, by my question about who ordered the change in time for making public the monthly cost of living figures from 8 a.m. to half an hour after the House meets, that the government was employing some nefarious means of hiding the facts in an effort to blunt a possible attack on itself.
I have examined this situation carefully in the intervening 24 hours and I find that this variation in the time of release was made at the request of the Press Gallery to give the morning papers an even break on this important news each month. I also find to my great surprise that the minister who authorized this variation is none other than the present member for Prince Edward-Hastings.
Subtopic: MR. HEES-TIME OF RELEASE OF PRICE INDEX FIGURES BY BUREAU OF STATISTICS