Hon. J. A. MacKINNON (Minister of Trade and Commerce):
Mr. Speaker, I can assure the hon. gentleman that the policy of the government not to reveal destinations of exports is purely a war matter. I may say at the same time that this matter gives us a very great deal of trouble. There are certain exports the destinations of which should not be revealed. I personally do not see much harm, if any, in letting anybody know to what country coal and certain other articles are exported, but it is hard to draw the line, and the practice generally followed is to maintain secrecy as to all exports.