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

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

Before the
hon. member speaks, may I make perfectly clear the position I took in addressing His Honour the Speaker. I did not oppose the motion which the hon. member was making, nor did I oppose the idea of a secret session. What I said was that the government would have to assume responsibility either for holding or withholding a secret session, and in order to have the information on which to reach a correct decision I asked) the hon.
member if he had spoken to the minister concerned and given him the facts which would enable the government to reach a decision. That is as far as I went in what I said.

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