July 15, 1942 (19th Parliament, 3rd Session)

LIB

James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. RALSTON:

The ground of objection is that it is not considered in the public interest to produce the proceedings of courts martial.

The officer himself is entitled to a copy of the proceedings of the court martial and will get it under the usual terms. Otherwise, it would mean that parliament would be acting as a court of appeal in connection with courts martial which are held by military officers. The officers act in accordance with their military duties in dealing with courts martial, and this court martial having been dealt with by officers duly appointed, having been confirmed bjf the divisional commander, and having been confirmed by the corps commander, it is not considered in the public interest to produce the documents.

Topic:   MOTIONS FOR PAPERS
Subtopic:   COURT MARTIAL OF MAJOR H. C. SINGER
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