Mr. Speaker, I rise with respect to a matter that occurred in yesterday's question period, which I did not raise yesterday because I did not hear the remark due to the noise in the House. However, I see that it is reported in Hansard at page 13014. The hon. Minister for International Trade said in speaking of myself: “I think it rings hollow when the member can be so disloyal.”
Beauchesne's sixth edition, citation 481 states in part:
—it has been sanctioned by usage that a Member, while speaking, must not:
(e) impute bad motives or motives different from those acknowledged by a Member.
(f) make a personal charge against a Member.
Citation 486(1) reads:
It is impossible to lay down any specific rules in regard to injurious reflections uttered in debate against particular Members, or to declare beforehand what expressions are or are not contrary to order; much depends upon the tone and manner, and intention, of the person speaking; sometimes upon the person to whom the words are addressed, as, whether that person is a public officer, or a private Member not in office, or whether the words are meant to be applied to public conduct or to private character; and sometimes upon the degree of provocation—
Many hot words have been exchanged between the opposition and that minister in terms of questioning the loyalty of the official opposition. I do not rise on a point of order about ascribing motives to the opposition per se, but the record indicates that the member did specifically say that I as a member of this place was disloyal. I think that is a rather fundamental attack on my integrity as a Canadian and as a member of this place. I therefore rise to ask that the member retract and apologize for these unparliamentary remarks.