May 13, 1946 (20th Parliament, 2nd Session)

LIB

Hedley Francis Gregory Bridges (Minister of Fisheries)

Liberal

Hon. H. F. G. BRIDGES (Minister of Fisheries):

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of privilege. On page 1 of the Ottawa Morning Journal of May 11, the following appears:
Two cabinet ministers, Works Minister Fournier and Fisheries Minister Bridges expressed themselves in favour of the present procedure of having parliament deal with divorce eases.
And on page 18 of the same newspaper I am quoted as saying:
So far as I can see there is no way you can get around the present problem. There is no way you can impose on the people of Quebec something they do not want-
Sir, I did not say on that occasion that I was in favour of the present system, nor for that matter did I say that I was against it, and further, I did not say, "There is no way you can impose on the people of Quebec something they ,do not want." What I did say, and what appears on page 1420 of Hansard of May 10, was as follows; and I quote:
-and so far as I can see at the present time there is no way that you can get around the present system. I am sure there is no desire on the part of any one to impose upon the province of Quebec a court which the majority of the people in that province do not want.

Topic:   PRIVILEGE
Subtopic:   REFERENCE TO PRESS REPORT, OTTAWA
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