December 20, 1963 (26th Parliament, 1st Session)


Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)


Mr. Chevrier:

Mr. Speaker, I am glad the right hon. Leader of the Opposition raised that question. The statement was brought to my attention. Since the right hon. Leader of the Opposition has put something on the record, I would like to put on the record the telegram which I received from Mr. Perrault last night, which reads as follows. It is dated Vancouver, December 19:
Received your letter regarding Wasylenchuk dated December 12th and postmarked Ottawa December 16th today at 2.20 p.m. Pacific standard time. I appreciate your assurance that following my letter to you of December 5th, you took every step in accordance with my request to review the matter and that following our telephone conversation of December 16th, you felt compelled to follow the advice of your officials that the point raised by me specifically the effect of section 11 of the Parole Act and section 24 of the Extradition Act did not relieve you of your duty to execute the warrant. I trust that everything will be done to assure an adequate defence for Wasylenchuk and I welcome your reported announcement in the house today to this effect. It is unfortunate that a breakdown in communications-

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