July 1, 1931

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Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; Minister of Finance and Receiver General; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

-and when this exhibit was put in evidence the chairman marked it. The marking of an exhibit may be done in many ways; it may be by initials or by numbers. I am informed that a number was placed upon the exhibit, and when the chief commissioner left he handed over that document to the secretary of the commission. That document, with that mark upon it, is still in the custody of the secretary. Chief Justice Brown then left to Mr. Commissioner Evans the settlement of the draft of the report, and the report was drafted with the exhibits and sent to the chairman. And amendments were made, not of import, but as regards the way in which some of the sentences were framed. That was sent back and then when the secretary printed it at the instance o'f Commissioner Evans he printed that exhibit as part of it.

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Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; Minister of Finance and Receiver General; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

I said that I have instructed that the graph should be withdrawn from the remainder of the reports in the possession of the government.

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Ross Wilfred Gray

Liberal

Mr. GRAY:

If the right hon. gentleman is correct in what he said previously, what right has he to interfere in any shape or form with the report?

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Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; Minister of Finance and Receiver General; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

When he submitted it, he had none, 'but he had some right when complaints were made as to what was contained in the report. That right was given by what was said by the commissioner. The government has another responsibility in connection with the king's printer. When the complaint was made that that document should not have been printed, I said, "I trust you will remove that from the rest of the documents."

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Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; Minister of Finance and Receiver General; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

The right which any government has when complaint is made with

respect to the publication of a report. To have done it before would have been a dishonourable act; I could not take anything away from that document which was handed to me.

Mr. BEAUBIEiN: A reflection is being cast upon Sir Josiah Stamp.

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Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; Minister of Finance and Receiver General; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Not at all; he said he was perfectly satisfied that that document should be removed.

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Ian Alistair Mackenzie

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE (Vancouver):

Has the right hon. gentleman any correspondence with any members of the commission?

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Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; Minister of Finance and Receiver General; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

I have not; nor have I carried on any.

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Ian Alistair Mackenzie

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE (Vancouver):

The

right hon. gentleman just thinks that the chairman of the commission would be satisfied with the exclusion of this paper?

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Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; Minister of Finance and Receiver General; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

I said I was informed, and I repeat that statement.

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Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; Minister of Finance and Receiver General; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

A return was tabled in reply to a question asked by the hon. member for Melville (Mr. Motherwell), and I believe another hon. member asked a similar question.

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Ian Alistair Mackenzie

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE (Vancouver):

Has

the right hon. gentleman any correspondence from the chairman of the commission?

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Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; Minister of Finance and Receiver General; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

None whatever.

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William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

Mr. Chairman, may I say a further word in connection with the subject of ministerial responsibility to which my right hon. friend has referred? In this connection may I point out that in the latter part of his remark my right hon. friend adopted a course very different from that which he asserted at the outset.

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Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; Minister of Finance and Receiver General; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Not the least.

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William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

I will show my right hon. friend that he is pretty good at side-stepping, at manoeuvring from one position to another.

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July 1, 1931