March 22, 1943 (19th Parliament, 4th Session)

LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

Under arrangements made some time ago with the United Kingdom and fighting french authorities recruits for the fighting french forces are granted transit privileges through Canadian ports en route to the United Kingdom. The Canadian authorities do not normally enquire into the antecedents of bona fide members of allied forces passing through Canada. It is understood, however, that among the recruits for the fighting french forces who have reached Halifax during the last few weeks there have been some who had previously served on the Richelieu and on other french naval vessels moved to the United States from north Africa. Concerning the number, the government have no detailed information.

Topic:   FRENCH BATTLESHIP "RICHELIEU"-ENLISTMENT OF CREW MEMBERS IN FIGHTING FRENCH FORCES
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