August 5, 1940 (19th Parliament, 1st Session)

LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, the Department of Justice I understand has under review the statement made by His Worship Mayor Houde. Personally I think the statement should never have been made. I think that when it was made any newspaper office that had seen it ought to have prevented its publication. Certainly I think it was quite correct that the censor should ask that the statement be censored, and I understand that it was censored and that after the attention of newspapers had been drawn to the fact that the censors regarded it as a statement the publication of which would mean violation of the defence of Canada regulations, it did not receive further publicity.
I would say further that I think the statement might well have' been left out of the remarks made by the leader of the opposition in this house the other day. It is a statement calculated to endeavour to arouse opposition to the laws of this country, and every effort should be made to prevent any action of that kind at this time.

Topic:   STATEMENT OF MAYOR OF MONTREAL AND ACTION OF PRESS CENSOR IN RESPECT TO NEWSPAPER REPORT
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