Mr. GORDON GRAYDON (Peel):
should like to direct a question to the Secretary of State for External Affairs. On
Inquiries oj the Ministry
page 435 of Hansard of yesterday is reported the answer to a question which was propounded by t'he hon. member for Lake Centre (Mr. Diefenbaker), the answer being given in the name of the minister. The hon. member asked what representations had been made to the minister or to officials of the department by the ambassador of the United States of America or by any other officials of that government with respect to the appointment of Mr. Turcotte as consul at Chicago. The answer with respect to the representations was simply this:
However, Mr. Atherton did make a personal and unofficial visit to the department on October 28 for the purpose of inquiring about the appointment of Mr. Turcotte.
I should like the minister to answer the question propounded and tell us what representations, official or unofficial, were actually made by the ambassador or any other official. "Inquiring" is a delightful term to use in answering a question, but it does not convey very much information about what no doubt the hon. member had in mind.
Right Hon. L. S. ST. LAURENT (Secretary of State for External Affairs): There were no official representations made by the ambassador or any other official. I understand that there was a conversation between the ambassador and one of the officers of the Department of External Affairs, but it was of a confidential character and I am not in position to say what views were exchanged between them.
Subtopic: APPOINTMENT AS CANADIAN CONSUL IN CHICAGO