Hon. W. D. EULER (Minister of National Revenue):
Mr. Speaker, as a matter of
privilege, and because it is of some public interest, I should like to be given an opportunity of making a correction of a news item which appeared yesterday in the Canadian Press, including the Ottawa papers and the Toronto Globe. It has to do with the tabling in the Ontario legislature of the report of the Ontario Liquor Control Board. Portions of the article appear to be quotations from the printed report itself. The paragraph to which I take exception is not necessarily a quotation-as to this I cannot speak definitely, not yet having seen the printed report
-but it received publicity and should be contradicted. This is the paragraph:
Under present conditions much liquor is shipped from Canada ostensibly bound for Mexico and Cuba, but never gets further than the United States.
This undoubtedly has reference to liquors which are exported from the province of Ontario from river and lake ports. I desire to say that for some years no clearances whatever have been given to vessels ostensibly clearing for Cuba or Mexico or South American points. So far as exports through ocean ports are concerned, those must be landed in the country to which they are cleared, because they go out under guarantee bonds for double duty, which bonds cannot be, and never are, released until proper landing certificates are produced by the shipping companies.