A member who uses that word when addressing another member isconsidered to have breached this rules of this House and is expected toapologize.
If no apology is forthcoming, the Speaker has the power and authority tosanction that member.
All members of this place have accepted this authority.
The principle which supports the Speaker in this situation is the longstanding tradition that all members are presumed to be truthful in thisHouse.
At. p. 618 of O'Brien & Bosc it states: "The proceedings of the House arebased on a long standing tradition of respect for the integrity of allmembers."
The presumption that all members of this House are speaking the truthbased upon their knowledge of a particular issue is accepted by allmembers.
Speaker Fraser in a decision on a question of privilege (Debates, May 5,1987, p.5765-5766) stated in part that the institution of Parliamentenjoys, "the protection of absolute privilege because of the overridingneed to ensure that the truth can be told."
So, Mr. Speaker I am beginning from the premise that all members -Cabinet members included - who speak in this place are speaking thetruth.