Louis Stephen St-Laurent (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)
Right Hon. L. S. Si. Laurent (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, as a matter of
privilege I should like to make a short explanation to the house with respect to an answer given to a question asked by the hon. member for Vancouver-Quadra (Mr. Green). I am reported as having answered his question in the following way as appears at page 959 of Hansard:
That question is, I suppose, merely for clarification, Mr. Speaker; but a hypothesis like that would not arise except in the case of war, real or apprehended. I can give the hon. member the assurance that for the duration of this parliament there is no thought at the present time that there need be any fear about war, real or apprehended.
When I received the transcript from the reporter, instead of the word "fear" there was the word "care"-"any care about war, real or apprehended". I do not reproach the reporter. It may be that in answering the questions which were being asked I was not speaking very distinctly. I corrected it to the word "fear", which I believe is the word I used. The advance copies had gone to the press galleries, however, and in quoting me in their newspapers the reporters quite properly used the text as it appeared in the advance copies. Apparently the newspaper reporters were not misled by it, because the headline given to the article in one newspaper was, "P.M. says no war for five years"; another newspaper said, "Five years' respite from fear of war foreseen by P.M". Nevertheless I thought it desirable that I state I did make a correction in the advance sheet for two reasons: one, to absolve the members of the press gallery from any implied reproach that might arise in the minds of people who compared their report with Hansard, and, second, to correct any impression that I might have said that preparation for war was not one of our cares at the present time. It is precisely because of the care being taken by the nations of the North Atlantic security pact that we are able to feel there is no fear or apprehension at this time. Principally I wanted it to be clear that the newspaper
reporters had justification for the use of the word "care" as it appeared in the quotation mentioned.
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