The minister would not recognize responsible government if it got into bed with him, that is all I can say.
I suppose that last comment was somewhat improper, Mr. Speaker. These assertions have been made, however. I am glad that the Prime Minister (Mr. Clark) has indicated that he would have no objection to allowing the Clerk of the Privy Council to appear before a committee. I suggest, however, that it should be as a matter of right, and not a matter of grace. That is the right of this House and this committee, if it sees fit by appropriate action in the House or by direction to its committees.
There has been a lot of discussion on this issue and challenges have been raised in the House and in committee about the subject of judicial decisions. I am not going to take too much of the time of the House because this is a highly academic subject and, more than that, it is a tremendously important one to us. I will, however, touch on the highlights.
The issue was brought up for consideration in the parliament of Australia. In 1975, what was called-