My surprise is this, that the Prime Minister in referring to a vote of a standing committee of this house, should take the vote from a newspaper rather than from the recorded vote of a committee of the house. I am attempting, if Your Honour will permit me, to refer to the recorded vote.
I am not attempting to make a speech. I want to put on record that I was not at that meeting on March 22 as a member of that committee. I was not in Ottawa and consequently was not at the meeting. The recorded minutes of that meeting-and I have them under my hand-of Thursday, March 22, 1934, show that there were forty-four members present at that meeting out of a total of fifty. I was one of the absentees; I was not there and consequently I did not vote. My point is that the Prime Minister has no right to count me as opposing the motion in regard to publishing the quantity of wheat that Mr. McFarland and his associates had on hand. Had I been at. that meeting, I would have voted to publish the report.
The right hon. gentleman should not make any such- assumption. The point is I am not the chairman of the committee; it will select its own- chairman, but I have ascertained that the course to pursue is to try to give notice for it to meet tomorrow morning. As my name is the first alphabetically and the convener, I have asked that the members of the committee be communicated with as far as possible to meet to-morrow morning at half past ten o'clock.
Topic: CANADIAN GRAIN BOARD
Subtopic: MEETING OP SELECT COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER BILL
In the absence of the Minister of Railways (Mr. Manion), I should like to ask the Prime Minister whether it is a fact that the two railways, the Canadian National and the Canadian Pacific, have formed an organization for the purpose of carrying on the business of transportation by air?