May 7, 1931 (17th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; Minister of Finance and Receiver General; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)


Yesterday I made certain observations with respect to this question. This is a matter that touches, not the Solicitor General nor the Department of Justice, but the conduct of government. The question as to whether or not information of this character should be given is a question that has engaged the attention of successive administrations, and the rule has been not to furnish such information. And until the matter is properly debated and another conclusion has been arrived at, which would involve making known to the public every case that is dealt with-for one means all-the government does not propose to depart from that rule. May I point out that the responsibility is that of the government, because it is His Excellency the Governor General who acts upon the advice of his ministers. They accept the responsibility; it is provided by statute; and as one case means all, then until this house, by proper notice of motion and subsequent discussion and debate, has arrived at a conclusion other than that which I have indicated, the government, I repeat, does not propose to depart from the rule.

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