Hon. ERNEST LAPOINTE (Minister of Justice):
Mr. Speaker, I fully realize the
seriousness of the situation described by the hon. member (Mr. Esling) and the leader of the opposition (Mr. Bennett). 'I may say that if our assistance is asked by the British Columbia authorities I shall be pleased to submit the matter to the government, with my support and recommendation. It seems to
me to be one of the serious cases where a province may ask that the dominion police assist in upholding the law.
Up to the present time there has been no official request for our assistance from the province of British Columbia, but I assure the hon. member that no doubt, in view of his remarks to-day, the request will come in due course. I shall be pleased to submit to my colleagues the observations he has made, and I think I may say that we will help in the matter all we can.
The house in committee of supply, Mr. Sanderson in the chair.
Subtopic: DESTRUCTION OF PUBLIC PROPERTY IN BRITISH COLUMBIA