May 4, 1942 (19th Parliament, 3rd Session)


James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)



I submit that this motion should not pass without certain reservations. In the first place, some of the communications asked for will likely apply to the private business of those writing. If the motion should pass, and I have no objection generally speaking to its passing, it should be subject to the reservation that if it does not appear to be in the public interest to make public communications which relate to private business, those communications will not be produced. Secondly, the communications which passed between the Toronto retail fuel dealers' association and the Toronto trade and industry commission, if any, are not I assume in the possession of this government. Finally, I am not sure what official is meant by "manager of the Combines Act." Subject to these reservations I have no objection to the motion passing.

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