Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Leader of the Opposition):
Mr. Speaker, on a matter affecting the privileges of this house and a question of personal privilege I desire to direct the attention of your honour to an article appearing in the Ottawa Morning Citizen of March 22, 1935-to-day-headed as follows:
Leave separate school request over until fall.
Special session then will also deal with social reform program of Ontario government is report.
Revamped municipal taxation plan looms.
Say committee to study unemployment conditions after prorogation.
Then in brackets "(Special to the Citizen)". The article continues:
Toronto, March 21.-^Following a discussion with right Hon. W. L. Mackenzie King yesterday, Premier Hepburn has definitely decided to forego the separate school request for a share of corporation taxes and to postpone enactment of the extensive social reform program which he promised in the last election campaign, it was learned from sources close to the Ontario premier to-day.
All these measures will await special session of the Ontario legislature which Mr. Hepburn will call as soon as the dominion election is over, it is said. Before the house adjourns, a special committee of the legislature will be appointed which will make a study of unemployment conditions, provincial and municipal taxation, and' social reforms.
Then a little farther on in the same article.
At his conference with the dominion Liberal leader yesterday, it is reported-
Referring to Mr. Hepburn-
-he was assured of a much larger contribution to unemployment relief should the Liberals be returned to power in the general election.
May I say, Mr. Speaker, that when the Hon. Mr. Hepburn and some of his colleagues did me the honour of attending a dinner tendered me by the Liberal party the night before last at the Chateau Laurier I met Mr. Hepburn during the course of the evening. The only conversation I had with Mr. Hepburn while he was in Ottawa was at the dinner table itself and at no time in conversation did Mr. Hepburn make any mention to me or did I make any mention to him of any matter connected with any "separate school request for a share of corporation taxes" or with respect to any "social reform program" of the Ontario government, or with respect to the question of unemployment relief.