March 21, 1939 (18th Parliament, 4th Session)


Robert James Manion (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. R. J. MANION (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, I did nod across to the Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King) yesterday and I concurred with him in the suggestion that he read the whole statement from the beginning in view of the fact that he had read part of it and then stated he had forgotten a page which he brought in later. I wanted to hear the whole statement read continuously. I had no intention of bringing up this matter, but since it has been brought up I do not think that this is a question of the details concerned. I admit perhaps that there has been no change made in the ideas or substance of the statement in any shape or form; there is no suggestion of that. The Prime Minister says that he did not have it done, and he mentions that the editor of Hansard or someone on his behalf endeavoured to get in touch with me. My secretary told me this morning that that is correct. I went home from this house yesterday afternoon with quite a cold, and I decided that the telephone should not bother me all evening; I gave instructions that it should not be answered I think it rang at
(Mr. Casselman.]
least a dozen times, which is probably eleven times too many. I would not answer it and I refused to let anybody else in the house answer it. I wanted to go to bed to rest.
The point I should like to make is Ibis. There is no question of a change in the context because I understand there was none except that the hon. member for Lanark (Mr. Thompson) does mention that I said a few words. If I recall, the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre (Mr. Woodsworth) said a few words. We both did, and they were both cut out. Not that my remarks were probably of any importance anyway, but I do deny to the editor of Hansard or to anybody else the right to remove anything said by me without my consent. I was twitted across the floor of the house the other night for having changed a word in Hansard. Incidentally I have searched that since, and my secretary, who is really to blame if anybody was, as he checks over Hansard, as to my remarks, and we find there was no change. However, to-day two or three pages have been cut out of Hansard by the editor of Hansard apparently without the consent of the Speaker and of both sides of the house. That seems to me to be a most extraordinary proceeding. Therefore, I wish to say this: I do not think the editor of
Hansard has any right at any time to cut out two or three pages of Hansard without any excuse whatsoever unless he gets the consent probably of the leaders of all parties and the Speaker as well. I think it is too serious a matter to have the editor of Hansard have the power in his hands to do any such thing.

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