Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):
I saw the report, Mr. Speaker, to which my hon. friend has just referred. I am afraid I have to say it is inaccurate. I remember being asked yesterday if I had anything further to add to the statement I made in the house a day or two ago as to Canada's position with respect to the optional cause, and I replied that the statement I had made in the house was all I had to say on the matter. The statement, I think, will bear out that all I said was that Canada was prepared to sign the optional clause, but did not intend doing so without conference with other parts of the British Empire, as had been promised at the time of the last Imperial conference; I made no statement to the effect that we would not sign the optional clause unless all parts of the empire agreed. Our view is that there should be a conference in the first place. After the conference it will be for us to say whether we shall sign alone, or whether it will be possible for all parts of the empire to sign at the same time.
Subtopic: OPTIONAL CLAUSE-PERMANENT COURT OF INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE