March 12, 1947 (20th Parliament, 3rd Session)


John Lambert Gibson

Independent Liberal

Mr. J. L. GIBSON (Comox-Alberni):

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of personal privilege arising out of a reference to myself made in the Vancouver Daily Province of February 27 last, in which I was referred to as "J. L. Gibson, Liberal, Comox-Alberni". I do not say, sir, that this is the most libellous
thing that has ever been said about myself, but it is probably the most untrue. I do not intend to take the same action that the premier of Ontario took against the Toronto Daily Star because I do not believe the courts would hold that it constitutes defamation of character. There is only one thing I will say. I am probably the unique member sitting to your right in that of all hon. members who sit over here I have no hope of ever being in your position, sir; of being a parliamentary assistant, a member of His Majesty's privy council, or in the other place. I will even go so far as to promise the Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King) that if the electors of Comox-Alberni withhold from me their support at the next election I will not even ask him for a messenger's job.

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