Mr. Speaker, during question period the hon. member for Delta—South Richmond made the point that the government, through its mediator, had offered fishermen $12,000 to turn a blind eye to the illegal fishing in Miramichi Bay. Then he used words which you called unparliamentary.
I would like to bring attention to the Chair ruling of May 1, 1980 by Madam Sauvé when she was asked the question “If words are directed toward the government and not toward an individual, can he use words such as dishonest and shabbily?” She ruled in that context that, yes, such words were parliamentary because it was directed toward the government.
The hon. member for Delta—South Richmond accused the government of this $12,000 payment or offer to fishermen in Miramichi Bay was a bribe from the government. It is the government we accuse of using a very poor and very—