Mr. JEAN FRANCOIS POULIOT (Temis-couata):
Mr. Speaker, I too rise to a question of privilege, but before I state the matter of that privilege I wish to tell you, sir, how glad I am, as I am sure we all are, to see our friend the member for Lake Centre (Mr. Diefenbaker), looking hale and hearty.
That being said, what I am about to state as a question of privilege affecting all members of parliament is that since April 12 there has been a curse upon us, upon all of us, that curse having been pronounced by the hon. member for Lake Centre. At page 2860 of Hansard, the hon. member is reported to have said:
Following Magna Carta, because of the inclination on the part of some people to depart from its principles, a curse was placed on all who departed from them.
He read the curse, but before doing so he said:
According to the author I read, no king's minister,-
That is king with a small, not a capital, "k."
-no cabinet minister, no adviser or person who departed from those principles would ever be able to remove himself from the curse that was pronounced, namely, that he would be driven out of power or restrained by the people.
I have a vague idea of what a curse is, but when I look in the dictionary-