November 14, 1941 (19th Parliament, 2nd Session)

LIB

Ernest Bertrand

Liberal

Mr. ERNEST BERTRAND (Laurier):

Mr. Speaker, I rise to a question of privilege. The hon. member for Macleod (Mr. Hansell) made a statement in the house, and has asked questions respecting a document that I read in a radio speech made by me some time this summer, and I believe the hon. member's statement reflects on my character. Had I been in the house when the hon. member spoke I would have answered him immediately.
The reference was to a document I used in two broadcast speeches on the network of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation last summer. I had known about this alleged secret document long before it was ever discussed in the committee on the defence of Canada regulations. As a matter of fact, as a member of that committee I asked repeatedly that the officers of the Department of Justice read the document to the committee, because I thought it was important that they should know about it. After it was read to the committee I asked permission to speak about the document on the radio, and I obtained it from an officer of the Department of Justice. My addresses before they were given on the air w'ere sent to the mounted police, received their approval and were then returned to me. So that I did not commit any breach of secrecy or anything of the kind. After I had given the addresses, all the daily newspapers in Montreal and in the province of Quebec spoke very favourably about them, and asked that more of these documents be given to the people so that they would understand why the regulations are so strict.
I do not feel that I have committed any breach of secrecy in the matter, and I take this opportunity of making that clear to the house.

Topic:   PRIVILEGE-MR. BERTRAND REFERENCE TO USE IN BROADCAST ADDRESS OF DOCUMENT IN HANDS OF INTELLIGENCE SERVICE
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