July 13, 1942 (19th Parliament, 3rd Session)

CCF

George Hugh Castleden

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. CASTLEDEN:

I cannot see why any of this need be secret; it cannot give any aid or comfort to the enemy. It seems to me that it is no more than the right of the ordinary citizen to have the information presented upon which a board bases its decision. It is possible that some reports which are presented are erroneous, and there is no means by which anyone can find out whether these reports are correct. On some occasions, I may say, the Saskatchewan board has acted differently from other boards. If the powers and privileges of these boards are not subject to some restriction, they can develop into a sort of star chamber and do real damage to the rights of citizens. I cannot see anything with regard to a return such as this, even respecting interdepartmental material, which should be considered secret.

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