Mr. George A. Drew (Leader of the Opposition):
Mr. Speaker, because of the fact that we are obviously approaching the termination of the session, and because it is impossible to raise it in any other way, I propose to raise a matter that I think calls for some statement by the government before we leave. Right across this country a very general feeling of indignation has been expressed in regard to the uncertainty of the future of Kurt Meyer, and I think that before this house leaves we should have a very clear understanding of what is to be done. I think Canadians, without exception, will respect the decisions of our courts, and the decision that may be made in accordance with the ordinary principles of Canadian justice; but there is a strong feeling that there was some connection between the proposal that Kurt Meyer made just before he was arrested, that he be permitted to form a division of S.S. troops to be known as the division Europa, and the course of events which seems to have followed such a strange pattern.
I believe that Kurt Meyer is more than simply another nazi general. He has become a symbol in the minds of Canadians, who have suffered from nazi brutality, of the sort of thing that would raise doubts as to the clarity of our attitude toward conduct of that kind. I think that, at a time when other young men are being called upon to fight for their country, the people of Canada want some reassurance as to exactly what is going to be done in regard to a case that has followed such a strange course up to this time.
Subtopic: REQUEST FOR STATEMENT AS TO SERVING OF SENTENCE