March 2, 1948 (20th Parliament, 4th Session)

PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. G. DIEFENBAKER (Lake Centre):

I too, Mr. Speaker, rise to a question of privilege arising out of the publication of the excerpts in last night's Ottawa Citizen. I am not condemning the newspaper for doing this, but my point of privilege is that the publication of these letters indicates that newspapers can publish what we in parliament are denied the right to see or discuss. This is a matter which affects our privileges. It is no longer a question merely of Mr. Drew and his relationship to this matter. It is a question whether or not parliament shall be outraged or circumvented by statements, made in answer to a request for the tabling of this correspondence, which have not been in accordance with the facts. According to last night's paper-

Topic:   HONG KONG
Subtopic:   LETTER FROM MR. DREW TO PRIME MINISTER- REFERENCE TO PRESS REPORT OF MARCH 1
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