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

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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.

Topic:   INTERCOLONIAL CONFERENCE.
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