Mr. Speaker, the words complained of by the Minister of Finance are clearly unparliamentary and are words that should, therefore, be withdrawn.
I cite in that regard in support of what I said, citation 484 of Beauchesne:
(3) In the House of Commons a Member will not be permitted by the Speaker to indulge in any reflections on the House itself as a political institution; or-
I draw your attention to this, Mr. Speaker.
-to impute to any Member or Members unworthy motives for their actions in a particular case;
I submit that this is clearly what the member for Medicine Hat did in a most improper and unacceptable manner.
I further point out that our rules clearly say that when a member of the House states something within his own knowledge as being true or untrue, then that member's word must be accepted. The hon. Minister of Finance made a statement of matters within his own knowledge which, I submit, has to be accepted not just by this House but, in particular, by the hon. member for Medicine Hat.
On the clear precedent established in this Chamber over the years, the hon. member for Medicine Hat has used language which is clearly unparliamentary and which, therefore, must be withdrawn by him. Otherwise, he should suffer the appropriate sanction imposed by you, Mr. Speaker.