Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prince Albert):
Mr. Speaker, I rise under the provisions of Standing Order 43 on a matter of urgent and pressing necessity, which has to do with the latest issue by Canada Post of a philatelic description of postage stamps commemorating the 1976 Olympic games. In this one, as in other similar pamphlets issued earlier, Queen Elizabeth The Second of Canada is not mentioned. The reference to the opening of the Olympic games is, and I quote, "The Head of State normally declares the games open". This is another example of the way in which the Queen is being by-passed, and corresponds with some recent speeches made by the Prime Minister in which he refers to her as Queen of England, a gratuitous injustice to her, and contempt of the provisions of the Constitution and of Parliament, of which she is an integral part. I therefore move, seconded by the hon. member for Dauphin (Mr. Ritchie):
That this House views with deep concern the manner in which the Trudeau government is endeavouring to undermine the position the Queen occupies as Queen of Canada by avoiding any mention of her.
Subtopic: THE QUEEN
Sub-subtopic: ALLEGED UNDERMINING BY GOVERNMENT OF POSITION AS QUEEN OF CANADA-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43