Hon. Jean-Luc Pepin (Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce):
Mr. Speaker, in answering a question yesterday from the hon. member for St. John's East-he was trying to help me and I am grateful to him for that- with respect to the Ryerson affair, I had meant to say only that no specific request for financial assistance had been received by me from the company. I had meant to table the correspondence which I was holding in my hand at that time, but at the last moment I saw on Dr. Brisbin's letter that it was marked "Confidential". This was when I went into a meandering account of the contents of that correspondence.
I am afraid that when I said, to quote my words as reported in Hansard at page 1092, that "there was no specific mention in their letter of the actual possibility that it was going to be taken over", I may have misled the House. Therefore, to avoid any confusion, now that Dr. Brisbin himself has given copies of his file, may I give copies of my file to members of the House and table the said correspondence?
Subtopic: MR. PEPIN-ELUCIDATION OF ANSWER TO QUESTION CONCERNING RYERSON PRESS-TABLING OF CORRESPONDENCE