November 3, 1970

PRIVILEGE

MR. KAPLAN-DENIAL OF SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE OF REASONS FOR IMPLEMENTING WAR MEASURES ACT

LIB

Robert Phillip Kaplan

Liberal

Mr. Robert P. Kaplan (Don Valley):

I rise on a question of privilege, Mr. Speaker. Last Friday during the question period while I was absent from the House the hon. member for York South (Mr. Lewis) attributed to me a statement to the effect that ministers had given me information not available to the public about the reasons for the implementation of the War Measures Act. Over the weekend I spoke to the hon. member and he referred me to an article which appeared in one edition of the Toronto Telegram reporting on a public meeting at which I spoke in Toronto. The hon. member's comment was justified by the headline of the article. In fact I made no such statement. On the contrary, I said at least twice that I had no special knowledge that was not available to the public, and I was quoted to that effect in the body of the article. I might add that I made no reference to caucus that evening.

Topic:   PRIVILEGE
Subtopic:   MR. KAPLAN-DENIAL OF SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE OF REASONS FOR IMPLEMENTING WAR MEASURES ACT
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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

Topic:   PRIVILEGE
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ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS

STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS ACT

LIB

Allan Joseph MacEachen (President of the Privy Council; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Hon. Allan J. MacEachen (for the Minister of Justice) moved

for leave to introduce Bill C-182, to provide for the examination, publication and scrutiny of regulations and other statutory instruments.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS ACT
Sub-subtopic:   PROVISION FOR EXAMINATION, PUBLICATION AND SCRUTINY
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Motion agreed to, bill read the first time and ordered to be printed.


ORAL QUESTION PERIOD

NATIONAL SECURITY

PC

Robert Lorne Stanfield (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Robert L. Stanfield (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the

Prime Minister. Yesterday the Minister of Justice introduced a bill of a temporary nature of which I approve, as the right hon. gentleman is well aware. Can he inform the House what the intentions of the government are with regard to permanent legislation relating to emergencies of a somewhat different nature, perhaps, than that for which the War Measures Act would be appropriate? Can the right hon. gentleman inform the House whether the government intends to introduce a bill to change the permanent law of the country in this regard?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL SECURITY
Sub-subtopic:   PROVISION OF PERMANENT LEGISLATION TO DEAL WITH EMERGENCIES-SUCCESS OF EFFORTS UNDER WAR MEASURES ACT
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LIB

Pierre Elliott Trudeau (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Right Hon. P. E. Trudeau (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, it will be necessary to consider this question and settle it in due course. In the present circumstance, one in which tensions are not quite abated and one in which the recent events in Quebec have caused, shall I say, emotion and passion to come into the debate, the government has found it advisable to wait until this period is over, until in a moment of relative calm Parliament could look at longer term legislation which would be somewhat stronger than the Criminal Code and somewhat weaker than the War Measures Act.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL SECURITY
Sub-subtopic:   PROVISION OF PERMANENT LEGISLATION TO DEAL WITH EMERGENCIES-SUCCESS OF EFFORTS UNDER WAR MEASURES ACT
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PC

Robert Lorne Stanfield (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Stanfield:

Arising out of the right hon. gentleman's answer, could the Prime Minister or an appropriate minister make a statement tomorrow about the progress of efforts under the War Measures Act with regard to the situation in Quebec and the success of these measures? I may say that this question arises out of the right hon. gentleman's answer in which he indicated that a period of tranquility is required to enable a permanent measure to be introduced. Would the right hon. gentleman make a progress report tomorrow?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL SECURITY
Sub-subtopic:   PROVISION OF PERMANENT LEGISLATION TO DEAL WITH EMERGENCIES-SUCCESS OF EFFORTS UNDER WAR MEASURES ACT
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LIB

Pierre Elliott Trudeau (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Mr. Trudeau:

Mr. Speaker, I do not believe I understand the intention of the Leader of the Opposition. When the debate begins tomorrow on the legislation to replace the regulations we will, of course, explain the situation as we see it now. I am not quite sure what else the Leader of the Opposition wants.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL SECURITY
Sub-subtopic:   PROVISION OF PERMANENT LEGISLATION TO DEAL WITH EMERGENCIES-SUCCESS OF EFFORTS UNDER WAR MEASURES ACT
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PC

Robert Lorne Stanfield (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Sianfield:

Would the right hon. gentleman make a report or have a report made tomorrow on where matters stand, including what charges have been laid and the reason why more charges have not been laid? I think there is considerable apprehension on the part of the public arising out of the fact that some 400 people have been picked up and apparently very few charges have been laid. I ask the Prime Minister whether he will say something tomorrow to allay the general concern of the public in this regard, or have an appropriate minister do so?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL SECURITY
Sub-subtopic:   PROVISION OF PERMANENT LEGISLATION TO DEAL WITH EMERGENCIES-SUCCESS OF EFFORTS UNDER WAR MEASURES ACT
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LIB

Pierre Elliott Trudeau (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Mr. Trudeau:

I will take that into consideration, Mr. Speaker.

November 3, 1970

Inquiries of the Ministry

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   NATIONAL SECURITY
Sub-subtopic:   PROVISION OF PERMANENT LEGISLATION TO DEAL WITH EMERGENCIES-SUCCESS OF EFFORTS UNDER WAR MEASURES ACT
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WAR MEASURES ACT-COMPENSATION TO THOSE ARRESTED AND RELEASED

PC

Martial Asselin (Progressive Conservative Party Caucus Vice-Chair)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Martial Asselin (Charlevoix):

Mr. Speaker, I have a supplementary question for the Prime Minister.

In view of the fact that the Quebec and federal governments have offered some $150,000 in rewards to informers on the criminals who kidnapped Mr. Cross and murdered Mr. Laporte, I would ask the Prime Minister whether the government is considering establishment of a fund to compensate those persons who have been arrested without cause under the War Measures Act, in order to vindicate their reputation with public opinion and with their employers.

Topic:   WAR MEASURES ACT-COMPENSATION TO THOSE ARRESTED AND RELEASED
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LIB

Pierre Elliott Trudeau (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Right Hon. P. E. Trudeau (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, I must admit that we have not considered such a step for the present. The hon. member knows that the subject of compensating persons arrested under any legislation has already been brought up in the House and elsewhere. I will just repeat that in most instances such compensation is a matter to be looked into by provincial governments responsible for the administration of justice and consequently for any errors which might be perpetrated, generally speaking.

Topic:   WAR MEASURES ACT-COMPENSATION TO THOSE ARRESTED AND RELEASED
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PC

Martial Asselin (Progressive Conservative Party Caucus Vice-Chair)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Asselin:

Mr. Speaker, I have a supplementary question.

Has the Prime Minister contacted the provincial authorities to find out whether, following errors made, they were ready to offer compensation to persons arrested and detained?

Topic:   WAR MEASURES ACT-COMPENSATION TO THOSE ARRESTED AND RELEASED
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November 3, 1970