Mr. LAPOINTE (Lotbiniere):
The second statement made by the hon. member for Cape Breton South was to the effect that in his estimation no member of parliament could discharge his duties properly both as a member of this house and as an officer of his majesty's forces. I protest against such a statement, and I refuse to accept my hon. friend's judgment on that matter. I do not know whether what he said expresses the views of his party, or whether it was only his own personal view. But in my opinion the sole judges in this matter are the constituents of the riding who freely elected me to this house. When there is an appeal to the people I shall go before my constituents and abide by their judgment. If at that time my hon. friend or members of his party wish their views on this matter to be expressed and wish to try to influence the judgment of those judges, they will be free and very welcome to do so, but I think I can assure them that they would be wasting some of this time which they claim is so valuable to the country.
Subtopic: MR. LAPOINTE (LOTBINIERE)-REFERENCE IN DEBATE ON FEBRUARY 4 TO MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT SERVING IN ARMED FORCES