Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):
Yesterday I presented
to the house a return respecting honours conferred by foreign governments on persons domiciled in Canada which has been asked for by the hon. member for St. Lawrenee-St. George (Mr. Cahan). I was surprised to read in an evening paper that the return had been interpreted as giving the names of prominent men who had been decorated by foreign governments. As a matter of fact, what the return actually states is the following:
No information as to any person having actually received any such title, distinction, decoration or order.
Intimation of a desire to confer orders upon the following persons was received from various foreign governments by the Canadian government, which, however, declined to recommend that permission should be granted to accept them.
The direct opposite of what has appeared in the journal referred to is therefore the case.