Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, the hon. member for Rosetown-Biggar (Mr. Coldwell), suggested yesterday that during a debate "in this house in April, 1940" the government admitted approving the Granby exports, and it was on that that he based his statement of May 20, 1940. I might say to my hon. friend that the house was not sitting in April, 1940. The session opened on May 16, only four days before the hon. member's statement. There was at no time any admission of government approval of the contract between the Canadian and Japanese companies. The only approval that enters into the question is that which might be implied in the issuance of export permits. I find that permits were required for the export of metals from Canada to any destination as from September 20, 1939. Their issuance, in so far as the Granby case is concerned, ceased on October 8, 1940. This was fourteen months before the war with Japan.
I might add that among the documents tabled on the Granby Mining Corporation there is a letter dated September 4, 1940, from myself to the President of the Canadian Legion, British Empire Service League, which explains in detail the export control policy of the government.