Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):
I think my hon. friend must have mistaken the High Commissioner to whom reference is made. The communication, as I understand, was sent to His Majesty through the High Commissioner for Canada in Great Britain, Mr. Massey, and not through the High Commissioner for the United Kingdom in Canada. That is a method of communication which has been followed at times in the past and will be followed in the future.
There are two methods of communicating with His Majesty the King. One method I have just mentioned, through our High Commissioner in Great Britain. That was the method which as a matter of fact was adopted at the time His Majesty was asked to proclaim a state of war existing between Canada and Germany. The communication from the government of Canada was sent to the High Commissioner to be communicated to His Majesty the King. There are other occasions on which communications are sent through His Excellency the Governor General to His Majesty the King. They may be replied to by the king through his excellency. I assume that His Majesty, in having a communication transmitted direct to the Speaker of the House of . Commons, felt that it would be an additional compliment to the house and adopted that method.