Right Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, a question was
raised by the former Minister of Justice (Mr. Lapointe) as to the instructions, commission, and letters patent issued to His Excellency the Governor General. The facts are that the commission appointing the Earl of Bessborough as Governor General of Canada was issued by His Majesty on March 20, 1931, and countersigned by the Prime Minister of Canada. It empowered the Governor General to exercise the powers contained in the letters patent issued on June 15, 1905, or in any other letters patent issued thereafter in accordance with such instructions as had already been given, or might hereafter be given.
On March 23, 1981, His Majesty, on the advice of His Majesty's government in Canada, issued new letters patent and instructions. The letters patent and instructions were gazetted on July 25. The commission has not hitherto 'been gazetted.
I lay on the table copies of the relevant documents.