Hon. R. B. HANSON (Leader of the Opposition):
I desire to make just a few
brief observations with reference to the statement just made by the Minister of Justice (Mr. St. Laurent), but before doing so I
should like to express to him my appreciation of his courtesy in sending me a copy of the statement and the letter which he has just read.
As to what took place in the court proceedings to-day, I have no comment to make, but I do assert that the reasons given for the withdrawal are untenable. The reasons given in the McCarthy letter perpetuate the allegations against Colonel Drew. That is unfair to Colonel Drew and the public will resent it. The fact of the matter is that the government made a grave mistake in starting this prosecution. An excuse for its withdrawal had to be found, and one excuse is just as good as another.
Subtopic: ANNOUNCEMENT OP WITHDRAWAL OF CHAR0ES AGAINST COLONEL GEORGE DREW