Mr. J. M. Dechene (Alhabaska):
Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of privilege. I do not very often take up the time of the house. May I remind hon. members that I have not taken one minute during this session. Yesterday afternoon perhaps I was somewhat out of order when, good-naturedly and in the spirit of Christmas at this time of the year when we are again preparing to celebrate the anniversary of the Prince of Peace, I interjected, when the leader of the opposition was speaking, the words "Merry Christmas". If I did wrong I am willing to apologize but I do not think I did, and I do not think I deserved the answer made by the hon. gentleman. I have last night's Ottawa Journal which carries this report as to what the leader of the opposition replied:
"I am glad to see one of the members has anticipated the season," said Mr. Drew.
Such an insinuation was not deserved by me from that or any other comer of the house. I remind the hon. gentleman that those who live in glass houses should not throw stones. But this matter goes further.
Subtopic: REFERENCE TO REMARK IN DEBATE OF LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION