The question of privilege is quite simply stated. It is an established rule
Inquiries of the Ministry binding this parliament that when a minister of the crown intimates that action has been taken embodied in a public document, he must thereupon at once table that document. Yesterday the minister was asked to table the document. He said-and Your Honour upheld that view-that he would table it in due course. He did not table it yesterday. He did table it today. I submit that was an infringement of the rights of this parliament. In seeking to explain the matter the minister indicated that when he made the announcement he had not mentioned an order in council. I wish to submit to Your Honour that this point of privilege is well taken because the minister indicated that an order in council was in existence. I wish to read his words in order to prove to Your Honour that he infringed that rule.