February 21, 1939 (18th Parliament, 4th Session)


Robert James Manion (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. R. J. MANION (Leader of the Opposition) :

Mr. Speaker, I rise to a question of privilege, something which I have rarely had to do in the number of years I have been in this house. On Friday last I spoke in this house on the trade treaty and in opening my remarks I made some reference to those who were continually lecturing us to get on with the business of the people. The Toronto Globe and Mail carried a report of that speech with a large heading which read, "Lecturing by Ballots Irks Manion," and further down they quote me as follows:
Before he got well into his two-hour onslaught against the trade treaty the opposition leader declared his annoyance with the flood of ballots which has deluged parliament hill for the past week.
That statement is an absolute misrepresentation of the facts. I wish to state definitely and positively that I did not refer to those sending ballots, in any shape, manner or form. Hansard will bear me out in this. I was referring to certain editorials that had been written during the discussion on the Bren gun affair and to a few letters which some of us had received, the editorials and letters suggesting that we were not dealing with the business of the house. In view of the fact that I had not mentioned those who sent ballots, indeed did not have them in 71492-73
mind in any shape or form, on Sunday morning at eleven o'clock I sent the following telegram to the office of the Globe and Mail:
Statement front page Saturday's Globe and Mail that I expressed resentment against sending here of ballots absolutely untrue. I did not mention or refer to ballots or their senders in my speech and they were not in my mind in the remotest manner in my remarks. Please make correction.
I checked up and I found that that telegram was telephoned to the Globe and Mail at 11.38 a.m. on Sunday, and was delivered at the office of the Globe and Mail at 3.30 p.m. on Sunday. I had hoped that the Globe and Mail would itself make the correction, but as it has not done so and as I have been advised that some of those who sent in ballots took this as an affront to them, I am therefore making this correction and trust that the Globe and Mail will carry it with the same prominence as it did the misinformation; for I have every respect for the sincerity of purpose of the senders of the ballots.

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