Mr. Cyril Symes (Sault Ste. Marie):
Mr. Speaker, I gave you due notice of a question of privilege I wished to raise today in relation to statements made in the House by the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources (Mr. Hnatyshyn) concerning fuel oil supplies over these winter months. I also gave notice to the energy minister that I would be raising this point this afternoon or this morning. I notice he is not in his place. However, an element arising out of the question period today also involves the Prime Minister (Mr. Clark). I see that he is in his place and I would like to proceed.
The fundamental question of privilege I have is whether or not members of the House of Commons, and hence the people of Canada, are receiving accurate information and an honest appraisal of a particular situation. 1 would like to contend by way of argument that the energy minister has been misleading myself, the House of Commons and the people of Canada as to the true situation concerning fuel oil supplies in Canada. Through argument I would like to develop by way of some very brief quotations over the past few weeks by the energy minister, indicating that he is saying one thing when in reality, as confirmed just a couple of days ago by the Prime Minister and today by the National Energy Board, the situation is quite different-
Topic: ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic: MR. SYMES-ALLEGED MISLEADING ANSWER GIVEN BY MINISTER