Major James William Coldwell
Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)
Mr. M. J. COLDWELL (Rosetown-Big-gar):
Mr. Speaker, I rise to a question of privilege. I find in Hansard for Friday last, on page 3301, the following exchange:
Mrs. Strum: Are the insurance companies
Mr. Gardiner: No, they are not; but they
have influence in nine provinces.
I was in the house, sir, when this exchange took place. Had I heard the Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Gardiner) say what is recorded in Hansard I would have risen immediately on a question of privilege to deny emphatically the assertion that the insurance companies have influence in all nine provinces. I certainly did not hear the minister make any reference to the provinces on Friday evening. The discussion had to do with federal legislation, and I understood the minister to say, "The insurance companies have influence." Whatever was said on Friday evening, and whatever influence the insurance companies may have in other provinces or with the federal government, I think it is apparent that they have no influence on the Saskatchewan government, as is clear from the kind of legislation enacted in my province.