Mr. Hamilton (Notre Dame de Grace):
has never been the case that a loud voice, a red face and a pompous manner will make a sound argument out of something which has no substance whatsoever. That remains as true tonight, after what we have heard, as it has been after so many other arguments put up by the hon. member over the months.
He himself, speaking at great length, has listed a number of things he would like to drag by the tail into this debate and discuss in the presence of the Secretary of State for External Affairs. He himself knows perfectly well, as has been ably pointed out by the parliamentary secretary, that this is not customary, that this is not in accordance with the traditions of this chamber and that it
offends all the rules, practices and traditions of this committee. Second, he has asked whether it is the policy of the government -these were the ringing terms he used-to deny freedom of discussion. It is not. We have remained here for an hour and heard the hon. member wander all over the map. He is free to remain here and waste that much time. He certainly is doing that extremely well-wasting the time of the committee and wasting the time of the entire country with his specious arguments. He is able to do that.
Tomorrow, or at some appropriate time, the Secretary of State for External Affairs will do that which is customary. He will come to this house and give on the order for motions a report at length on matters which have concerned him while he has been away. The hon. member, or more probably his leader, will have the opportunity to comment on that, as will the representative of the other group in the house. This will give an adequate opportunity to air fully all those matters which cannot be aired tonight because the secretary of state is not here.
The hon. member makes a great case out of the suggestion that there will be no further discussion possible because this parliament is going to be dissolved, apparently in a matter of hours, according to him. I do not know where he gets his information-
Topic: DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE PRODUCTION
Subtopic: DEPARTMENT OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS