August 30, 1946 (20th Parliament, 2nd Session)

LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of National Defence; Minister of National Defence for Naval Services)

Liberal

Mr. ABBOTT:

I did not raise the question of confidential letters, if my hon. friend will permit me. I raised the point that the order of the house does not call for the production of these letters. The letters are letters which passed between the commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the deputy minister of national defence. No order of the house would have been passed calling for the production of such letters, and no order was passed. That is the ground on which I say that the letters are not producible. In addition, I mentioned that they are marked "confidential." I do not think it has ever been the practice of the house to require the production of letters from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in connection with their proceedings.

Topic:   CANADIAN ARMY
Subtopic:   CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN MOUNTED POLICE AND NATIONAL DEFENCE RESPECTING FORMER OFFICER
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