July 2, 1940 (19th Parliament, 1st Session)

NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Hon. R. B. HANSON (Leader of the Opposition):

There is a situation at the border between New Brunswick and Maine which requires immediate attention. Two thousand persons in the towns of St. Stephen and Milltown, New Brunswick, are clamouring

National Defence
for passports, and there is not even an application form in that part of the country. I had about five hundred application forms sent down by express, but even then it will be some days before those passports are issued. I have made an appeal to the passport officer and to the Prime Minister's office to send a special officer to that point. I realize it is necessary to have an experienced officer, but surely there must be some such person who could be sent down to that point, where, as I have said, two thousand persons are being held up in their daily intercourse with the neighbouring towns ' of Calais and Milltown, Maine. Action is imperative, and while I do not wish to bother the minister about it I have called the matter to the attention of his department. I hope he will have something done at that point.

Topic:   PASSPORTS AND VISAS
Subtopic:   ESTABLISHMENT OF BRANCH OFFICES-SUPPLYING OF APPLICATION FORMS
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