March 13, 1944 (19th Parliament, 5th Session)


Harry Leader


Mr. HARRY LEADER (Portage la Prairie):

Mr. Speaker, I rise to a question of privilege. A speech which I made in the house a few weeks ago was discussed in the Manitoba legislature and a report was published in the Winnipeg Free Press in its Friday's issue, which casts reflections on myself. I should like to read the paragraph in question:
"The record should be kept straight in fairness to all members of the medical profession," Mr. McLenaghen declared, after reading some correspondence on the matter.
The Hon. J. 0. McLenaghen, Attorney General of the province of Manitoba, was making the statement as Minister of Health. The report goes on:
"When a layman-
Meaning myself.
-presumes to make statements concerning a matter of scientific research, of which he has no knowledge, he is assuming a great onus," Mr. McLenaghen told the house.
"A great onus rests on a public man, who makes statements and blazons them to the world. Irreparable harm can be done unless all the facts are known. Such statements could be damaging unless based on facts, creating in the minds of cancer sufferers falsehoods based on scientific experiments which have not stood the test of time," declared Mr. McLenaghen.
I just wish to say, Mr. Speaker, that the remarks which I made in the house on February 7 last were based on facts substantiated by medical authority, and the reflection which I made upon medical gentlemen in Winnipeg was based on facts I had from men who should know. I had no other object in view as a cancer patient but to give something to the world that might help others as Doctor Davidson has helped me.

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