Mr. MACKENZIE KING:
_ 1 and 2. No imperial conference was held in London in 1936. The Imperial Shipping Committee, acting under their general terms of reference as amended by the Imperial conference of 1930, have conducted an investigation of a fact-finding nature into certain matters specially referred to them in June, 1936, by the governments of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, concerning the possibilities of a passenger and cargo service between Western Canada and Australia-New Zealand. The High Commissioner for Canada in London is a member of the committee on behalf of the government of Canada and acted accordingly in this special investigation.
3, 4 and 5. The report of the Imperial Shipping Committee, as submitted by the chairman on behalf of the committee to each of the above mentioned governments, was published on December 7, 1936?# It sets forth the committee's findings of fact and views as to alternative possibilities regarding the matters specially referred to them.
6. A copy of the report is being laid on the table.
7. During the past year the government have been in communication with the government of the United Kingdom regarding the questions involved, but no conclusions as to policy have been reached.
The answer contains a clause stating that copies of the report will be tabled. With the permission of the house I should like to lay on the table a copy of the thirty-fifth report of the Imperial Shipping Committee.
st. axn's, ont.-postmaster Mr. LOCKHART:
1. Was Ernest L. Snyder postmaster of St Ann's, Ontario, during 1936?
2. If so, was he dismissed, and for what cause?
3. Was any charge laid against him, and, if so, what was the nature of said charge; by whom was it laid, and before whpm heard?
4. Has a postmaster been appointed in his stead, and, if so. by whom recommended?
Mr. ELLIOTT (Middlesex)
2. Yes-for active political partisanship.
3. Yes, affidavits containing charges of active political partisanship were received from Joseph Lenard, Joseph Danko, Wray Taylor, Jesse Rogers, John Burch. Charges were investigated by Commissioner J. J. Bench.
4. Yes-on recommendation of A. E. Coombs of St. Catharines.
Subtopic: IMPERIAL SHIPPING COMMITTEE