May 18, 1943 (19th Parliament, 4th Session)


Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. M. J. COLDWELL (Rosetown-Biggar):

Yesterday afternoon the Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King) made a statement to this house in the course of which he read a statement from Hon. Leighton McCarthy in which these words occurred:

Mr. Coldwell says: "He (Mr. McCarthy) is still a director and vice-president of the parent company, the Aluminum Company of the United States."
Mr. McCarthy's answer was:
Mr. McCarthy is not now nor has he ever been a director or vice-president or officer of the Aluminum Company of America.
When I made the statement that he was a director and vice-president of the parent company I miscalled the parent company. I wish to lay on the table of this house an application made by Aluminium Limited to the Montreal Stock Exchange on December 16, 1942, and adopted by the governing
committee on December 19, 1942, which
showed that the Aluminum Company of Canada is a fully-owned subsidiary of the said Aluminium Company, and that the Honourable Leighton McCarthy, K.C., is a vice-president and director of the parent company, Aluminium Limited. I want to put that on the record and to indicate that I shall have something further to say as to the Prime Minister's statement and Mr. McCarthy's statement, when the Prime Minister is in his seat. Yesterday the house and the country were deliberately misled by a concealment of truth. At the moment I wish to absolve the Prime Minister, but someone was concealing the truth.

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