Mr. HENRI BOURASSA (Labelle):
Mr. Speaker, now that we have the Prime Minister with us-whom I am happy to welcome to this House-I should like to put a question to the government. During the recess a Canadian Press cable appeared in the press in the following terms-I quote this from the Montreal Gazette of March 9:
Labour members of the House of Commons heckled Lieut.-Col. L. C. Amery, Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs, at to-day's session concerning the publishing of the dominion's opinions in regard to Looarno treaties. Colonel Amery fenced his questioners skilfully, and stated that publication must depend somewhat on the feeling of the dominions themselves. If the dominions were willing he must then consult with the Foreign Secretary.
Colonel Amery finally announced that the treaties would be fully discussed at the Imperial Conference to be held in October leaving the impression that he had little intention of revealing beforehand what had already passed between Whitehall and the dominions.
The Prime Minister was not in the House at the beginning of the session when I requested the leader of the House, the Minister of Justice (Mr. Lapointe), to have this correspondence laid on the table as soon as possible, to enable intelligent consideration of the question by the members of this House. Later on, if I remember rightly, the hon. Minister of Justice stated that the government had not yet heard from London whether or not the
correspondence should be published. If this despatch gives a correct resume of the answer of the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs, it would appear that the objection has come from some of the dominions, although neither Canada nor any other of the dominions is mentioned. I should like to ask the Prime Minister, if he has no objection, to enlighten the House on the subject, so we may know whether or not the objection has arisen in London or has come from some of the overseas dominions that the correspondence should ndt be revealed to the so-called sister nations before it has been looked into by the small close chamber in London, next fall.