Mr. Ralph Cowan (York-Humber):
I rise on a question of privilege at this time on behalf of myself personally and of other newspapermen in the house to protest against the language used by the parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Justice last night in endeavouring to answer a question raised by the hon. member for Yukon.
It is bad enough to have a newspaper accused of yellow journalism when it practices deceit, but when a newspaper gives a 20220-646J
straightforward, honest statement of the facts as was the case in the report regarding those two high ranking R.C.M.P. officers in Montreal, no one in the Department of Justice has any right to refer to it as yellow journalism. The hon. gentleman also suggested that no member of this house would want any kind of drumhead justice considered, since the Department of Justice has been studying the pension rights of the two men who have been tried and convicted. I should like to ask the parliamentary secretary whether arrangements are being made for pensions for printers who are on strike at La Presse, Montreal and at the Telegram, the Star and the Globe and Mail in Toronto. These men have forsworn their pension rights though they never stole anything from anybody.
Subtopic: MR. COWAN-REMARKS IN DEBATE BY PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY TO JUSTICE MINISTER