Hon. CHARLES STEWART (West Edmonton) :
On a question of privilege, yesterday
in the course of his remarks on the motion then before the house the hon. member for Saskatoon (Mr. MacMillan) made reference to contracts that were entered into by the previous government during the time I was Minister of the Interior and had charge of the department. I notice that these remarks are supported by affidavits by one Mr. Marshall, and a number of names are mentioned which I will not take the time of the house reading. I simply want to state that, so far as my administration of the department was concerned, once in a very great while we had individuals who did not live up to their contracts. This questions the integrity of the officials who were in charge and makes rather grave statements with respect to the matter. It is asserted that the Department of the Interior, over which I presided at that time as minister, must have had some arrangement with the railway company. I desire to deny emphatically that I ever had any arrangement with the Canadian National Railways or anyone else with respect to the sale of ties.
I wish also to deny emphatically that I was aware of the allegations contained in the statement made by the hon. gentleman and to say to him, to the house and to my successor that I hope every assistance will be given towards the carrying on of an investigation. This investigation would have to be conducted by the Saskatchewan government who are now in control of the resources mentioned therein.