Mr. Bernard Dumonl (Fronlenac):
question of privilege, Mr. Speaker. I want to remind the House that on Wednesday, January 14, at 2 p.m., I received a phone call at my office, asking me to prepare to appear on a CBC broadcast on Nigeria-Bia-fra which was to include participants from the four parties represented in the House. At 4 p.m. the same day, the broadcast was cancelled by another telephone call.
Well, on Friday, January 16, at 10.15 p.m. on Format 60, only a representative of the Liberal party appeared on the program. I therefore accuse the Parliamentary Secretary to the Secretary of State for External Affairs and member for Dollard (Mr. Goyer) of having prevented the representatives of the CBC here in Ottawa from preparing a broadcast where the four parties would have been able to make their voices heard and of having requested the Montreal bureau of the CBC to prepare a broadcast where he alone would speak favourably on behalf of the government.
If the Nigeria-Biafra issue is to be presented favourably to Canadian citizens, the voice of the opposition should be heard. I therefore ask that an inquiry be initiated in order to find out who is to be blamed, because the population needs to know the whole truth about the Nigeria-Biafra dispute and must in no way be muzzled by this government, particularly in view of the fact that the Crown Corporation is financed by all Canadians, who have a right to unbiased and detailed information.
Subtopic: MR. DUMONT-INTERFERENCE OF MEMBER FOR DOLLARD IN THE PREPARATION OF CBC PROGRAM