March 23, 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:

What I am saying is that my hon. friend was kind enough to give me notice of the question, and1 inasmuch as the subject may become one of discussion it might be treated as a question which should be answered at the moment.
I would direct the hon. member's attention to the fact that his question is based on what he states is a decision of our enemies.
I do not know what credence can be attached to an announcement of any decision, by our enemies. I doubt the wisdom of making any statement based on such an announcement. I have no information whatever other than what has appeared in the press as to the alleged intention of the Germans to remove their military forces and installations from Rome. Whether that statement has been put out as an advertisement for our enemies or an evidence of their kindness of heart and deep religious feeling, I cannot say. I would say however, that I do not think it is advisable at this time to make any statement whatever in reference to what they are alleged to have said.

Topic:   BOMBING OF ROME
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT POLICY
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