March 14, 1944 (19th Parliament, 5th Session)

LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

I am seeking to conduct this discussion on the plane on which it should be carried on. When my hon. friend says to me that the Premier of Ontario is not responsible for the arrangements of my office, may I tell him that the Premier of. Ontario, if he has a letter which is a public communication that is being sent to the Prime Minister to be read immediately, should not mark that letter "personal". More than that, if he attached importance to the letter, he could easily have sent me a telegram informing me of its dispatch or sent, the letter by air mail or special delivery. I hope the day will never come when, so far as office arrangements are concerned, I am to be expected to have all my personal mail opened by secretaries to be dealt with before I have any opportunity of dealing with official business. So far as the statement made by the Premier of Ontario is concerned, all I can say is if the circumstances had been reversed and I had been communicating with Mr. Drew and had felt the matter important enough to refer to publicly, before imputing
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motives, I should have taken care to inquire, first of all, whether my letter had been received, and if not, what the reasons 'were.

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