Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):
On Friday the hon. member for Fort William and Rainy River (Mr. Manion) read an extract from the Mail and Empire concerning which I said I would make inquiry and give a further statement to-day. The item was as follows:
Canadian government has rented pretentious offices in the Quai Woodrow Wilson, where Dr. W. A. Riddell, permanent envoy, expects to entertain Canadians all summer.
Is this entertaining part of the policy of economy, or is it a correspondent's picturesque touch?
As a matter of fact, no premises have been rented in the Quai Woodrow Wilson. Premises have been rented in the Quai de Mont Blanc, not pretentious at all, at a rental of $500 a year. This will be reduced by sub-letting to $340 a year, or less than $30 a month. These rooms will be used for office purposes only, and are not intended in any way for entertaining.