Mr. G. W. Baldwin (Peace River):
Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of privilege in respect of which I have given Your Honour notice. It relates to the extent to which a report which is to be given today by the Minister of Labour and/or accompanying material were made available to or obtained by the press some time before the minister was due to make the statement today.
To begin with, Mr. Speaker, may I say that the information I have is that the publication and also radio reports took place at a time that would indicate that this material must have been in the hands of the people who used it either last night or early this morning. We have here another instance of the extent to which matters which should be withheld until they are made public in the House are made available to outside sources.
Mr. Speaker, not in anticipation of this event but because of the gravity of the situation I read what was said yesterday in respect of the question of the pre-publication of documents and material which should be withheld until the time of presentation in the House. I have read what Your Honour said and what was said by others. I was the first person to raise the question last Friday in connection with the matter of the LeDain report.
I submit that what has happened today places a completely different picture on the situation. This is a repetition, and the situation has become so serious that Your Honour, this House and all of us must take the most careful note of what has happened and is happening as well as the effect it is having on this institution. Are Parliament and this House to be only a peg for the purpose of our being regaled by the public relations' competition of ministers and other people? Mr. Speaker, I do not like to think so. I do not like to think it is just a matter of competing political personalities, squabbling, shoving 22478-29$
and squealing like pigs in a trough for a position of advantage. I think this is a place for grave and deliberate debate dealing with the affairs of the people of Canada.
Subtopic: MR. BALDWIN-NEW UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE PROGRAM-PUBLISHING OF DETAILS BY PRESS PRIOR TO STATEMENT IN HOUSE