August 7, 1903 (9th Parliament, 3rd Session)


The PRIME MINISTER (Rt. Hon. Sir Wilfrid Laurier).

I told my hon. friend the leader of the opposition that I would have to communicate with His Excellency the Governor General before making any statement. This I have done. The information I have to convey to the House is that the despatch which came from the Colonial Office was a secret despatch, which we have not the right to lay upon the Table. His Excellency has communicated with the Colonial Office asking for permission, and no answer has been received.

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