February 5, 1943 (19th Parliament, 4th Session)

LIB

Hugues Lapointe

Liberal

Mr. HUGUES LAPOINTE (Lotbiniere):

Mr. Speaker, I rise to a question of privilege to protest against the remarks made last evening by the hon. member for Cape Breton South (Mr. Gillis) with regard to hon. members of this house who are serving at the present time in his majesty's forces. On

that occasion the hon. member, according to Hansard, made two statements. First, he said:
I do not think anyone has the right to create the impression, consciously or unconsciously, that some particular member or members exclusively represent in this house the armed forces.
I do not think, Mr. Speaker, that when any hon. member in uniform addresses this house on military matters he is considered as representing or is trying to create the impression that he represents the armed forces in. the sense that he has a mandate from them. But it so happens that from the very nature of his duties in His Majesty's service he is often better qualified to know just what are the conditions and circumstances in the army, and it is not only his privilege but his duty to express himself in the house.
As regards the hon. member's second statement, that he did not think it was possible at the present time for an hon. member to discharge his duties both as an officer of his majesty-

Topic:   PRIVILEGE
Subtopic:   MR. LAPOINTE (LOTBINIERE)-REFERENCE IN DEBATE ON FEBRUARY 4 TO MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT SERVING IN ARMED FORCES
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