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