I thank the minister for that information. I was aware that they could carry their Canadian citizenship. I am only suggesting that their foster father, as a citizen of the United States, would no doubt exercise a great deal of influence on the children
during years when they are not of an age to formulate opinions for themselves. It could come down to the same argument as is used in Ontario at the present time with regard to adopted children and religious considerations. It is felt unwise and not necessarily in the public interest to allow children to be placed in families having a religion other than that of the natural parent. I think by similar reasoning this would also apply to the question of citizenship in this particular case. This may not be a major problem, because I agree that children born in Canada, even if they are ten or eleven years old, would probably want to continue their Canadian citizenship. Nevertheless a man who was keeping such children only because he had volunteered to do so would have considerable influence over them and the result would not necessarily be in the interest of Canada in general.
I am sure that the adultery charge itself is of great concern to the house and that the arguments which have been advanced on several previous occasions with relation to other cases should be examined again, because the courts are always warned, and rightly so, that in cases where a paid investigator is used only a limited amount of credence should be given to his evidence. Obviously this is so because on many occasions the paid investigator has been hired by the lawyer for the plaintiff and has, therefore, a special interest in the case. Let me refer to the questioning by the committee when this matter was discussed. The evidence will be found on page 13 of the third report from the other place.
Q. What is your full name?-A. George Roland Foucher.
Q. What is your age?-A. 45.
Q. Where do you live?-A. Montreal.
Q. What is your occupation?-A. Investigator.
I believe that in all fairness we have the right to ask ourselves and the house to give consideration to a number of further questions which should have been asked. One of them is whether this investigator-