Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):
I have received from the
Norwegian Consul General a communication which he has requested me to read to the House. It is as follows:
Montreal, June 10, 1924. Right Hon. W. L. Mackenzie King,
Secretary of State for External Affairs,
This morning's Gazette published a Canadian press telegram from Ottawa to the effect that a member of parliament asked you for a statement regarding the arrest of the Spanish consul in Montreal. In this interpellation reference was made to an alleged protest by me against my colleague's arrest and to my alleged use of the term " colony " in referring to the Dominion of Canada. Inasmuch as, from press reports, you seem to have accepted the statements of the member in his inquiry as true, I am compelled to correct mis-statements made in this connection. The Gazette on the 7th in a local article stated that I had " protested " and the paper used the word " colony." This article was published without myknowledge. No reporter of the Gazette nor of anyother paper saw or interviewed me on this subject. I did not make a protest against the Spanish consul's arrest nor have I in this instance or on any other occasion referred to Canada as a " colony." I am too well informed to make that error. Although it is well established in international law that the archives and files of a foreign consulate are inviolable, I made no protest against the search of the Spanishconsulate. I feel that it should be left to the
Spanish government itself to take such steps in the matter as it deemed proper. My intervention in the case consisted of a visit to the Spanish consul at his request, as I am doyen of the consular corps in Montreal, and to an inquiry of the judge as to whether he was aware that Consul Maluquer is a Consul de Carriere. I also presented to the judge the Spanish consul's complaint against his treatment at the hands of the police. I am confident you will communicate the contents of this telegram to parliament and to the press.
Norwegian Consul General.
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