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

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

I must admit
that there has been a great deal of trouble, but it originated south of the line, not in this country, when the obligation was imposed. As a passport is in the nature of a legal document, and one that has international significance, great care must be taken in the issuing of any passport. What has happened I think in many cases is that while the passport office has received some of the information that is required before a passport can be issued it has had to communicate further for additional information. I do not say that that applies in the particular case my hon. friend has mentioned, but there has been a very difficult situation to meet. At the present time, I understand, the difficulties have been overcome.

Topic:   PASSPORTS AND VISAS
Subtopic:   QUESTION OF EXPEDITING ACTION ON APPLICATIONS -METHODS OF PROCEDURE
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