Mr. MACKENZIE KING:
That is the very point to which I was coming. I did not interrupt my hon. friend when he was speaking, though I might have done so on a question of privilege. My hon. [DOT] friend in speaking, whether consciously or unconsciously, did not confine himself to answering the question asked but entered into an argument in answer to a question on the orders of the day. That was wholly irregular, and I am going to ask the permission of you, Mr. Speaker, to be allowed the same latitude in making reply to one contention which was made by the minister- your honour may put it on the ground of privilege, if you will-but which I think ought to be answered immediately. Out of courtesy,
I did not interrupt the minister though I knew he was out of order at the time. I believe the house will take no exception to what I have to say when hon. members hear what it is.
Perhaps the acting leader of the government will not find fault if I venture at once to express our congratulations to the hon. Minister of Trade and Commerce (Mr. Stevens) upon his return to the house, and particularly upon his looking so well and strong. We all hope that he has completely recovered from the very serious illness through which he has recently passed.
The point I wish to make, Mr. Speaker, is this: My hon. friend the Minister of the
Interior (Mr. Murphy) in speaking, whether unintentionally or otherwise I cannot say, did seek to leave the impression by his remarks that this present situation with respect to employees of the Interior department had arisen out of some neglect by the previous administration.
Subtopic: STATEMENT BY MINISTER RESPECTING RETIREMENT OF EMPLOYEES OF DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR