June 21, 1940 (19th Parliament, 1st Session)

LIB

Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Right Hon. ERNEST LAPOINTE (Minister of Justice):

Mr. Speaker, while I am on my feet I should like to give some further information. Eleven members of the so-called National Unity Party in the last few days have appeared before a court in Montreal for preliminary investigation. Having heard the evidence and having seen the exhibits produced, the presiding judge declared he had reason to believe that a plot has been organized against the state, and he has referred the matter to the attorney general at Quebec. The attorney general at Quebec has sent me a report in the matter, accompanied by certain exhibits which show clearly that those people had communications and intelligence with enemies-Germany, Italy and elsewhere. Accordingly I have issued an order directing the internment of those eleven persons for the duration of the war. Among them are Henri Arcand, Maurice Scott, of Montreal; Joseph C. Farr, and John Lorimer of Toronto.

Topic:   INTERNMENT OF CERTAIN MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL UNITY PARTY
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