John Thomas Hackett
Mr. ST. LAURENT: That was a subpoena applied for by the attorney general of the United States against what he asserted were Canadian companies operating in the United States, a matter which was under discussion, and which we thought a few months ago was satisfactorily settled, which has arisen again and about which negotiations are continuing. As a matter of fact, that was the thing I had in mind in my opening speech on April 29, when I said that sometimes there did arise, at administrative levels, things that were annoying; but that even when we had reason to complain about them, we were able to do so, speaking the same language and arriving at settlements. I am quite sure that we shall get a satisfactory explanation of this incident. It sometimes happens that an official is overzealous. I am sure that we shall get a satisfactory explanation of the incident. I wanted it to be known here that what this gentleman is reported to have done was to express in that place-untimely, I think-what was well known to be the attitude of the United States with respect to the matter.
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