February 16, 1971

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John Howard Lundrigan

Progressive Conservative

Mr. John Lundrigan (Gander-Twillingaie):

Is the government planning to announce any new programs now or in the immediate future, or do we have to rely on the programs which have been instituted since last March, to quote the Prime Minister's speech in western Canada?

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Pierre Elliott Trudeau (Prime Minister)

Liberal

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

I missed the last part of the question, but I do not think it is very important.

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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

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John Howard Lundrigan

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Lundrigan:

Can I meekly, mildly and gently approach the esteemed and honourable gentleman who is occupying the throne of Canada at the moment-

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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

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Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Independent

Mr. Speaker:

Order, please. The hon. member will recognize that he cannot preface a question in this way. If he has a supplementary it should be asked in a direct manner. We do have to get on; we are still on the first question. I propose, after the hon. member's supplementary, to recognize the hon. member for Broadview and then go to the next question which will be asked by the hon. member for Shefford.

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John Howard Lundrigan

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Lundrigan:

On behalf of 686,000 Canadians and myself, perhaps I will leave my question for now as unemployment is not important-

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Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Independent

Mr. Speaker:

Order, please. The hon. member is continuing in the same vein. He cannot ask a question in this way. He has the floor for the purpose of asking a supplementary and I hope he will ask it.

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John Howard Lundrigan

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Lundrigan:

I would ask the hon. gentleman if he would condescend to tell us whether any new programs are to be announced now-let them eat what? I did not get what the Prime Minister just said.

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Some hon. Members:

Shame!

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James Aloysius McGrath

Progressive Conservative

Mr. McGrath:

Shame on you. Say it for Hansard.

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Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Independent

Mr. Speaker:

Order. The hon. member for Broadview. Order. I believe the hon. member for Gander-Twillingate seeks the floor on a point of order.

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John Howard Lundrigan

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Lundrigan:

On a question of privilege, I want to say two things. First, I hope that the remark of the Prime Minister has been recorded. Second, he does not have the guts to say to the people of Canada what he has just said across the floor of the House.

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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

Inquiries of the Ministry

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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

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Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Independent

Mr. Speaker:

Order, please. We should proceed in ap orderly fashion. Would the hon. member kindly resume his seat? The hon. member has to resume his seat when the Speaker wants to address the House. I gather that the hon. member has a question of privilege. He should state to the Chair what his question of privilege is; this is what I want to bring to his attention.

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John Howard Lundrigan

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Lundrigan:

Mr. Speaker, I am not permitted to use four-letter words in the House so I cannot quote for the record what the Prime Minister said. But let me say to the Lapalme workers that what they heard from the Prime Minister was mild compared with what he has just said to the House of Commons today.

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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

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John Howard Lundrigan

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Lundrigan:

As the Member of Parliament for one Newfoundland constituency I have all rights and privileges in representing my people and the people of the Canadian nation, including the right to present to the government any position or recommendation I think appropriate to alleviate the serious burden of unemployment. This attitude on the part of the Prime Minister is so contemptuous that it is certainly creating a tremendous amount of concern across Canada.

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February 16, 1971