June 1, 1931 (17th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Edmond Baird Ryckman (Minister of National Revenue)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. E. B. RYCKMAN (Minister of National Revenue):

Referring to the inquiry on Thursday last of the hon. member for St. Denis (Mr. Denis), concerning return No. 277, the return as brought down includes a copy of all the documents on the official departmental record relative to the retirement of Mr. J. A. Bernier, inspector of customs and excise at Montreal. On making inquiry, however, it has been ascertained that the

chief inspector was advised verbally and confidentially that Inspector Bernier's expense accounts were inaccurate, and in order to ascertain the facts the chief inspector instructed Inspector C. E. Lafontaine by letter to make a confidential investigation. A copy of the chief inspector's letter and of Inspector Lafon-taine's confidential reply are now produced.
The officials who prepared the return had no knowledge of the correspondence on the chief inspector's file.

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