Mr. Ian Wahn (St. Paul's):
Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of privilege. In an interview last night on the program "Encounter", the interviewer may have implied that certain remarks which I made from the floor at a public meeting in Convocation Hall of the University of Toronto last Monday suggested dishonourable motives or illegal conduct on the part of the person or persons named in the interview.
I wish to make it entirely clear that that was not my intent.
At that meeting I did defend, to the best of my ability, the decision of the government in proclaiming the War Measures Act. I reviewed in some detail the situation prevailing at the time that the decision was made, including the statements urging the government of Quebec to accede to the terrorists' demands which, if acceded to, might in my view have led to the breakdown of the civil authority of the elected government of the province of Quebec. I wish to make it entirely clear that I did not accuse or intend to accuse any individual or specific group, other than the FLQ, of dishonourable motives or illegal or dishonourable conduct. If anything I said at what was at that point a somewhat noisy meeting has given that impression, I sincerely regret it and I extend my sincere apologies to all those who may have been affected by my remarks.
Finally, I wish to make it entirely clear that I spoke at the meeting entirely on my own initiative and not at the request of any member of government, and my remarks were not based upon any private information but only upon reports which had been published in the press or referred to in this House.
Subtopic: MR. WAHN-INTENT OF REMARKS MADE AT PUBLIC MEETING