April 6, 1957 (22nd Parliament, 5th Session)


Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. Stanley Knowles (Winnipeg North Centre):

Mr. Speaker, I believe this is a question of privilege, but I will put it in the form of a question to the Prime Minister. Will the Prime Minister join with me in expressing the resentment of the entire house at the screaming headlines in last night's Toronto Star? They read, "More Canadians on U.S. Probe List. Aim at Pearson. Recall Pearson also Third Canadian Official Mentioned by Woman".
The first sentence of the article, which is written by Harold Greer, reads:
Hon. Lester B. Pearson may be next on the list of persons the United States Senate internal security subcommittee can do without.
As I say, Mr. Speaker, political difference notwithstanding, I believe the Prime Minister would be expressing the views of the entire house in indicating resentment at these headlines and I would express the hope that if there is any truth in the report that such an investigation is being made he personally will protest to President Eisenhower.
Right Hon. L. S. St. Laurent (PrimeMinister): Mr. Speaker, I am sure I wouldbe expressing the views not only of all
hon. members of the house but also of all Canadians if I say that such smear reports, however good they may be for circulation purposes of newspapers, are very undesirable.

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