February 13, 1939 (18th Parliament, 4th Session)

CON

Robert James Manion (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MANION:

Well, here is the concrete information. The High Commissioner in London, Mr. Massey, had been asked by the Minister of National Defence to get Hahn inside information, to obtain for him entrance to the war office. Hahn states, according to this report-and I am sticking to the report-that he got very impatient because Mr. Massey was not getting him the appointments he had promised. Finally Mr. Massey cabled to the Prime Minister. The cable, dated November 9 is set forth in the report. I will not read it in full but Mr. Massey quotes the cablegram of the Minister of National Defence to him of that day to get Hahn in communication
with him, and then he adds-in his cablegram to the Prime Minister, who is the Secretary of State for External Affairs:
In order to obtain information desired, war office must be requested to give Major Hahn, as representative of the Canadian government, access to information of a secret nature which normally is not given to other than government officials.
That is the part which applies to my statement. I will read that sentence again:
. . . access to information of a secret nature which normally is not given to other than government officials.
And the Prime Minister, as Secretary of State for External Affairs, the following day sends a cablegram making Hahn representative of the Canadian government. I do not need to quote it unless the Prime Minister denies the cablegram. I simply say that he made Hahn the Canadian representative to get this secret information from the British war office.

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