February 13, 1985

NEWSPAPER REPORT

LIB

Herbert Eser (Herb) Gray (Official Opposition House Leader; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Hon. Herb Gray (Windsor West):

Mr. Speaker, can I take it from what the Acting Prime Minister said that the Minister of National Defence would never have resigned and he would still be a Minister if this matter had not been reported in The Citizen? What an admission.

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PC

Charles Joseph Clark (Minister of National Defence; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. Joe Clark (Secretary of State for External Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, what I am pleased to confirm is that there was no breach of security involved in the activities of the former Minister of National Defence. I think it is a reasonable interpretation that he felt that his ability to carry out his very sensitive responsibilities, and his ability to pursue actions in law as a result of that publication, were limited by the allegations made and publicized, not only in that newspaper but also picked up and caused to become a matter of current and constant debate in the House of Commons.

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PRESENCE IN GALLERY OF DR. MAVIS GILMOUR, MINISTER OF EDUCATION FOR JAMAICA

PC

Martial Asselin (Speaker pro tempore)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

May I interrupt the proceedings briefly to advise Members of the presence in our gallery of Dr. Mavis Gilmour, Minister of Education for Jamaica.

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Subtopic:   PRESENCE IN GALLERY OF DR. MAVIS GILMOUR, MINISTER OF EDUCATION FOR JAMAICA
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Some Hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

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ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE

NDP

Michael Morris Cassidy

New Democratic Party

Mr. Mike Cassidy (Ottawa Centre):

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Solicitor General. The Solicitor General has just said that while he could not possibly meet with every person who was under investigation by the RCMP in the course of a year, that he would, however, consider the possibility of meeting with any individual very carefully. Therefore, he is saying that it is appropriate to meet with an individual who is under investigation, in certain circumstances.

My question is this. Would it be appropriate for the chief of police of a Canadian city to meet with a prominent citizen, such as the mayor of that city, if the mayor is under investigation for a criminal offence and wants to discuss the alleged offence?

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Subtopic:   ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
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Some Hon. Members:

That's a hypothetical question.

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Subtopic:   ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
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PC

Elmer MacIntosh MacKay (Solicitor General of Canada)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Elmer M. MacKay (Solicitor General of Canada):

Mr. Speaker, I would remind the Hon. Member that a question like that, in my respectful opinion, is hypothetical, and, unlike the Department of National Revenue, I do not give advance rulings.

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Subtopic:   ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
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Some Hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

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INQUIRY DIRECTED TO ATTORNEY GENERAL

NDP

Michael Morris Cassidy

New Democratic Party

Mr. Mike Cassidy (Ottawa Centre):

Mr. Speaker, my supplementary question is directed to the Attorney General, who is the senior law officer for the Crown, and who is responsible for giving guidance with respect to the integrity of the justice system.

Suppose the mayor of a Canadian city, who was under investigation by police for a marijuana offence-

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Subtopic:   INQUIRY DIRECTED TO ATTORNEY GENERAL
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Some Hon. Members:

Suppose!

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NDP

Michael Morris Cassidy

New Democratic Party

Mr. Cassidy:

-sought to meet with the Chief of police in that particular city to discuss-

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PC

Martial Asselin (Speaker pro tempore)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Order, please. I allowed the first question because I presumed that it might be all right. However, there is a very clear tradition in the House that hypothetical questions are not put.

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Subtopic:   INQUIRY DIRECTED TO ATTORNEY GENERAL
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PREMIER'S TRIAL-LAYING OF CHARGE

LIB

John V. Nunziata

Liberal

Mr. John Nunziata (York South-Weston):

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Minister of Justice.

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Subtopic:   PREMIER'S TRIAL-LAYING OF CHARGE
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Some Hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

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PC

Ramon John Hnatyshyn (Minister of State (Government House Leader); Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hnatyshyn:

The Hon. Member for Snakeville.

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February 13, 1985