The first time he mentioned it was today and if I remember correctly he said that in his early years Mr. Norman had associations with communists. That is exactly what the subcommittee in the United States took as evidence from somebody.
I am not attempting to smear at all. What I am attempting to understand is why the minister and his associates allowed this thing to drag on from 1951 without coming clean and making it clear that this man had been cleared.
That is right, the minister very reluctantly let that out today and perhaps, as the Leader of the Opposition said, he said too much. The point is that the minister did say today that it was discovered in 1951 that in Mr. Norman's early years he had had certain associations with communists, but that had all been cleared away. What I am interested in finding out is this: What was the security check that was held in 1951? I have understood from the minister's statements that there was a double check; by whom was that double check made?