August 6, 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:

If there were the slightest reason to believe that the present French representative was able to obtain any information that is not common information,
Supply-External Affairs

that might be of the least help to the German government, I imagine he would, not himself wish to stay for an hour, and certainly this government would not permit him to stay. But I have every reason to believe that M. Ristelhueber, the present minister, is a very honourable man and certainly in his relation to the administration with respect to the different and difficult questions which have come up he has given us every reason to believe that his sole desire is similar to our own, namely, in the existing very painful situation to do all he can to help relieve difficulties rather than add to them.

Topic:   PRISONERS OF WAR
Subtopic:   DEPARTMENT OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
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