Mr. Alan Redway (York East):
Mr. Speaker, you may recall that on June 29 the Right Hon. Leader of the Official Opposition (Mr. Turner) made a speech in this House on the subject of the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement. Two days ago the Winnipeg Free Press, commenting editorially on that speech and other statements made by the Right Hon. Member, said, and I quote:
"Mr. Turner took phrases from one part of the agreement and applied them to another; distorted the meaning and intent of other passages, and simply falsified the application of yet others. It is a surprising performance from a man who was once regarded, whatever his political strengths or weaknesses, as a man of integrity."
The editorial went on to say:
"There is room for honest disagreement over the likely effects of free trade. The point at issue in Mr. Turner's approach to free trade is not one of honest disagreement but of simple deliberate distortion."
The editorial concluded:
"John Turner these days has a liking for slogans. "Let the people decide" is his latest. Before the people do decide he might direct another slogan to himself, "Tell the people the truth".
Amen, Mr. Speaker.
Subtopic: CANADA-UNITED STATES FREE TRADE AGREEMENT-POSITION OF LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION