Mr. Browne (St. John's West):
In accordance with long established policy I am declining to answer this question in the public interest. Questions such as this, and all others which have been asked regarding investigational procedures, could in due course, if answered, lead to disclosure of all methods which must necessarily be employed to protect the security of this country. Such revelations would be of great interest and value to groups within and outside Canada who have used conspiratorial methods to obtain Canadian information to which they are not entitled.
There should be no inference taken from my remarks and the form of my reply because such discussions, in whatever form they take, can only tend to imperil the difficult investigations which have to be carried out in the interests of our country. The policy of this government, and previous governments,
On each occasion they have been told that there was no interest in the importation of Canadian fish or fish products.
Topic: *R.C.M.P. TELEPHONE LINE TAPPING