February 25, 1930 (16th Parliament, 4th Session)


Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Leader of the Opposition) :

Before the orders of the day
are called, Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of privilege arising out of the debates yesterday. I think from the record it is possible the right hon. Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King) -was confusing the report of the Associated Press as to certain matters in connection with wheat pools in Canada with the report from other sources. He observed that so-me Tory newspaper was responsible for the propaganda, and that he had been informed by the High Commisisoner's office that a sensational despatch had appeared- an. the London Times sent by its correspondent here. I took the trouble this morning to go through the recent numbers of the London Times and I find that the -statement in question appears on page 13 of the issue of Friday, February 7, 1930. In reasonably small type appear the words:
Canadian Wheat Pools
A Grave Situation
(From Our Own Correspondent)
Ottawa, February 6,
The second paragraph reads:
The Toronto Star, yesterday, under the heading "Financial catastrophe confronts Dominion if wheat sale forced,"
And so on. I took the trouble to get the Star for Februaj}' 5, and it contains the statement quoted:
Financial catastrophe confronts Dominion if Wheat sale forced.
On the following day the Toronto Star printed in large type these words:
Grain prices drop despite guarantee.
I think there has been misapprehension on the -part of the right hon. Prime Minister as to where the despatch came from. What appeared in the London Times was an accurate statement of what was printed in the Toronto Star of the preceding day.

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