May I address your
honour for a moment in connection with this ruling? I realize that there is a very distinct rule which says that a member shall not quote from a newspaper or editorial which reflects upon a member of the house or upon the conduct of the house, but I submit to your honour that even if that rule could be interpreted to apply to ordinary quotations from editorials, we are continually quoting observations from newspapers. I confess that during this debate I was guilty- if doing so is to be guilty-of precisely the same tiling. So if I may I would suggest to your honour that the ruling be reserved for consideration and that the hon. member be allowed to proceed. It strikes me that it would be inequitable to allow members of the government to indulge in this practice during this debate and then rule out of order another member who attempts to do the same thing. I would appeal to your honour to reserve your ruling for the time being, since the question is not one that will immediately affect the conduct of the house, and allow the hon. member to proceed.
Subtopic: CONTINUATION OP DEBATE ON THE MOTION FOR APPROVAL OF TRADE AGREEMENT BETWEEN CANADA AND THE UNITED KINGDOM