Hon. Guy Favreau (Minister of Justice):
Mr. Speaker, I do not think there is any contradiction between what the hon. member for Quebec-Montmorency (Mr. Marcoux) has just stated on a question of privilege and the reply I gave the other day in the house. This is what I said at that time:
-and I realized, just by looking at the record, that this case was never submitted to my department.
The statement is clear, Mr. Speaker. The accusation was laid under the Canada Elections Act by the chief electoral officer acting on his own. The Department of Justice does not interfere in such cases because the chief electoral officer is responsible to the House of Commons, not to the government. He appoints his own counsel and the case was prosecuted in Quebec city with the assistance of the Quebec attorney general's office, which looks after the administration of justice in that province.
The hon. member for Quebec-Montmorency claims that he intervened in May and June 1963. The situation was brought to my attention and although I knew that I could not intervene directly since the question was outside my jurisdiction, I asked my officials to communicate with the Quebec attorney general's office, since the case was somewhat pathetic in view of the fact that the prisoner refused to help himself. The provincial au-
thorities must have taken the necessary steps, since Mr. Sioui has now been released.
Subtopic: MR. MARCOUX STATEMENT BY JUSTICE MINISTER RESPECTING JULES SIOUI