February 25, 1936 (18th Parliament, 1st Session)


Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)


Hon. ERNEST LAPOINTE (Minister of Justice):

Mr. Speaker, of course it is clear
that the onslaught of my right hon. friend (Mr. Bennett), though apparently directed to me, is rather directed to Mr. Speaker. May I say immediately that by persisting in these attacks day after day my right hon. friend does not do justice to himself, especially when it is in connection with a matter as frivolous as the one he has raised to-day.
Let me simply point out the facts: The hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre (Mr. Woodsworth) moved a resolution which at this time I shall not read. As was his right, Mr. Speaker called attention to the fact that possibly the resolution might be out of order and possibly it should be amended. He said:
I would draw the attention of the hon. member (Mr. Woodsworth) to the remarks I made on the motion that was presented to the house just before this one, as they will apply to this motion, I am afraid, if it is not amended.
The hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre protested in these words:
Do I understand, Mr. Speaker, that objection is being taken to this resolution?
Then he continued to point out that if objection were taken to a discussion of the resolution it would be a hardship on him. I merely rose, in my place and said:
Mr. Speaker, I may say on behalf of the government that we have no objection to this resolution being discussed.
That was because the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre was asking whether there was any objection being raised from any quarter to a discussion of the resolution. I said we had no objection to it-and this is the tremendous violation of the privileges of the right hon. gentleman opposite. Well, those of us who sat for the last five years know how my right hon. friend directed the debate, and the way he instructed the Speaker.

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