December 4, 1979 (31st Parliament, 1st Session)

NDP

John Edward Broadbent

New Democratic Party

Mr. Broadbent:

If hon. members on the other side would listen for a minute, they will have a chance to reply. In my first question to the Prime Minister I made reference to a pricing practice of Imperial Oil Corporation. I used the term "price-gouging". It seems to me that that is the only term which the Prime Minister could have had in mind when he misrepresented what I raised in my question. In reply the Prime Minister stated that I was using abusive or insulting language.
When raising a question of privilege, I think that the facts and figures are certainly relevant. In my view I was not using such language. In fact, it could be described as descriptive language. It was shown four years ago in civil proceedings that Imperial Oil had set up a dummy company in Bermuda to avoid paying Canadian taxes, that it overcharged Nova Scotia consumers by not passing on price reductions-

Topic:   PRIVILEGE
Subtopic:   MR. BROADBENT-REMARKS OF PRIME MINISTER DURING QUESTION PERIOD
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