Mr. Bruce Howard (Okanagan Boundary);
Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of privilege. On Monday, May 4, this House debated a motion by the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre (Mr. Knowles). In referring to events of that date, I wish to state that certain newspaper accounts of the debate have just been brought to my attention and for that reason I was not able to raise the question until today.
As Your Honour will recall, the debate on that day was on the subject of considering increased old age and veterans pensions. The motion called for "an immediate and substantial increase in the basic amount of old age security pensions and in veterans pensions." In preliminary discussion of the motion Your Honour ruled that the motion was a no-confidence motion in the government. In other words, the debate became a matter of procedure. If the motion had carried, Parliament would have been dissolved at once and the country would have had to spend millions of dollars on an election. More than that, there would not have been a government in office to bring in the pension increases proposed by the motion.
Subtopic: MR. HOWARD (OKANAGAN BOUNDARY)-INTERPRETATION OF DEBATE BY THOMSON NEWSPAPER COLUMNIST