As always, a matter of privilege is taken very seriously by me. I have some facts placed before me now. Surely one of the alternatives that has been placed here for my consideration, that this matter be brought before the House, has been fulfilled in the sense that members have brought it up and we have discussed it here.
I have been asked to judge whether or not there has been a contempt of this parliament on which we should take some type of action. This is the first time in my memory, having been here some 20-odd years, that such a case has ever arisen.
I would like to get more information for myself. I appreciate the advice and opinions that have been given to me by members from all sides. Perhaps you would permit me to reflect on the whole situation, considering the alternative brought up by the hon. member for Scarborough—Rouge River and considering what has been asked of us by the hon. member who moved the question of privilege a little earlier. I said the member for Hamilton—Wentworth and I stand corrected on that.
I will come back to the House after due deliberation and after I have satisfied myself as to the pertinent facts about this issue. I will take it under advisement and I will return to the House if necessary.