Mr. George A. Drew (Leader of the Opposition):
Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of privilege. Yesterday during the debate on the budget I raised certain points with regard to Canadian representation at a number of conferences; and as reported at page 2373 of Hansard I said:
But I wonder how important to the government and the people of Canada was a conference described as the international congress of chocolate and cocoa manufacturers which was held at Lausanne last year.
Then further on I said:
And I do not know that we have heard anything of what was gained by our attendance at the international congress of psychiatrists at Paris, or the meeting of the directing council and sanitary conference of the Pan-American bureau of Ciudad Trujillo.
Later I referred to the Washington conference of the society of vertebrate palaeontology and the palaeontological society. At that point I noticed that the Secretary of State for External Affairs (Mr. Pearson) was about to rise, and I mentioned that fact. Then, as reported in Hansard, the Secretary of State for External Affairs said:
I was just going to say there were no delegations at those conferences.
It is possible that there is some distinction in the use of words which is in the mind of the Secretary of State for External Affairs, but certainly the thought conveyed to my mind, and I know to others, was that this statement was incorrect as to the fact that Canada had attended those conferences. I therefore should like to refer to the report of the Department of External Affairs for the year 1950, issued over the signature of the Secretary of State for External Affairs. At pages 82 and 83 I find that Canada was represented, according to the official statement of the department, at the conferences which I have just mentioned.
Subtopic: COST OF CANADIAN REPRESENTATION
Sub-subtopic: REFERENCE TO REMARKS IN DEBATE ON APRIL 25