Then I will read from the report. Here is the relevant part. I had stated, as I said, that I did not believe Mr. Milner was primarily interested in the producers. I say:
Quite frankly I do not think he is. He is something like the weasel in the chicken coop. He is interested in the chickens but he is interested in the chickens for what he can get out of them.
Those were my words. The Minister of Trade and Commerce came to the committee, uninvited and-now that I have read what he stated in that committee-I think made a scurrilous and unjustified attack on me. These are the words he used. He said:
That is a cowardly and criminal charge which was made in the absence of the man charged and I want to have it withdrawn immediately or it is going to be followed up.
Later, when I refused to withdraw the charge, he stated:
All right, there will be a criminal action here. You are not in the House of Commons at the moment.
Mr. Speaker, I have been in this house for 16 sessions. I am not in the habit of making-nor have I ever made-charges with respect to which I had to have parliamentary immunity because of the words I used. I do not think I require parliamentary immunity at this time. I do not think the Minister of Trade and Commerce (Mr. Howe) had any right to come to the committee and make such an attack on me. If he believes what he stated, namely that there is reason for a criminal action, he has the right and the duty in this house to have me called before the bar of the house and lay a criminal charge against me.
Topic: CANADA GRAIN ACT
Subtopic: PROVISION TO SELL OR STORE GRAIN SUBJECT TO SAMPLE GRADE