July 16, 1942 (19th Parliament, 3rd Session)

LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):

The government of course is responsible for holding a secret session or for withholding it. The responsibility rests on the government. Therefore the government should in the first instance have the information at its disposal in order that it may be able to decide whether it is in the interests either of the House of Commons or of the country that a secret session should be held at this time. I would ask the hon. member if he has spoken to the Minister of National Defence for Naval Services (Mr. Macdonald), or to the Minister of National Defence (Mr. Ralston) who is acting for him at the moment in his absence, in regard to those matters which he wishes to have discussed in secret session. If he has not, I suggest that it would be preferable for him to make known the nature of the subjects -which he wishes to have discussed so that the government may decide, wisely and in the light of the circumstances themselves, whether or not a secret session should be held.

Topic:   SHIPPING LOSSES
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR SECRET SESSION-MOTION FOR ADJOURNMENT UNDER STANDING ORDER 31
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