Sir ROBERT BORDEN:
I might say to the hon. member for Edmonton (Mr.
Oliver) that I expect we shall be able shortly to make a statement in connection 'with the exclusion from Canada of the book called "The Fiddlers," which he brought to our attention. One of the chief objections to the book is that it contains certain statements which are entirely unwarranted with regard to the conduct of the men of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. I think it proper that whenever any action is taken in the matter some statement should be made expressing the view of the Government as to the absolute unreliability of the book, so far as these statements are concerned. To-morroW, or, at the outside, Thursday, we shall be able to make a full statement to the House.
In connection with the same matter, my hon. friend from Russell (Mr. Murphy) asked me about the deputy chief censor, and, speaking on the spur of the moment, I am afraid I rather confused the press censor and the deputy chief censor. I should like to make the matter perfectly clear. The action in this case was taken on the report of the chief press censor for Canada, that is Lieutenant-Colonel E. J. Chambers, who is an officer under the Secretary of State. He is not connected with the British press censorship in any way, but is an independent officer acting in this country and discharging in this country the same functions as the chief press censor discharges in the United Kingdom. I confused him for the moment with the deputy chief censor, Lieutenant-Colonel C. F. Hamilton, who is administering in Canada the cable and wireless censorship. He is an officer of the Department of Militia and Defence, and works in co-operation with the chief censor in London, who is the head of the cable and wireless censorship for the whole Empire. I should also add that there is an additional officer wiho has duties in connection with censorship in this country, that is Dr. Coulter, the Deputy Postmaster General, who is the chief mail censor for Canada. There has been more or less confusion in the nomenclature regarding these various officers, both in this country and in the United Kingdom. I think it is desirable to make this statement to the House, and I hope it is perfectly intelligible.
Subtopic: THE CENSORSHIP.