Hon. DOUGLAS ABBOTT (Minister of National Defence):
Mr. Speaker, the other day the hon. member for Lake Centre (Mr. Diefenbaker) raised a question concerning a deserter from the United States army, one McCloy, who was arrested in Winnipeg for
return to the United States. At that time the hon. member asked if steps would be taken to see that such return was not made.
May I inform the house that the order in council under which these arrangements were entered into with the United States was repealed yesterday. Perhaps by way of explanation I might say that this order represented a consolidation of arrangements which had been in effect for some time following discussions between representatives of the United Slates and Canada, going back as far as 1940. We asked first that there might be an arrangement whereby our deserters would be returned to this country, and the United States later made a similar request to us. The fact is that such arrangements were carried out, although it was perhaps a bit uncertain as to just what the legal authority for them might be. All this culminated in the passing of the order in council, one which is now largely unnecessary. It was never intended that the order in council should cover such a case as the McClov case, and the case in question has served to emphasize that fact. Therefore the order in council was repealed yesterday.
Subtopic: STATEMENT RESPECTING ALLEGED DESERTER- REPEAL OF ORDER IN COUNCIL