Mr. G. R. Pearlces (Nanaimo):
Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of privilege affecting myself and other members of the house. Yesterday I was informed that an answer had been given to a question I had placed on the order paper concerning Canadian prisoners of war. The question was in two parts. The first dealt with numbers and the second with the total man days Canadians had been detained.
The answer to the first part was complete, but the information I asked for in the second part was denied, the statement being made that this information could be obtained only by a review of each of the files of the 9,552 prisoners of war. Representations have been made to me and to other members of the house that Canadian prisoners of war be paid one dollar for each day of their internment, similar to the amount that it is claimed was paid in the United States. Without knowledge as to the total number of man days Canadians were detained, it is impossible to assess how practical this suggestion is. Therefore I would request that the question be replaced on the order paper, and that I be given the information I desire.
Subtopic: REFERENCE TO ANSWER TO QUESTION ON MAY 4