June 19, 1944 (19th Parliament, 5th Session)

LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance)

Liberal

Mr. ABBOTT:

Mr. Speaker, this motion will have to pass with some reservations. The first part is all right; but the hon. member has asked for "all correspondence between the corporation and those who were paid subsidies, together with a copy of any reports made to the corporation by officials of the corporation or government charged with the responsibility of investigating the conditions on which subsidies were received." As I pointed out in the house the other evening at some length, the reports referred to are confidential interdepartmental reports and privileged, and similarly the correspondence is privileged in so far as it reveals the private competitive position of different firms. With these reservations the motion may pass. I spoke to my hon. friend about it the other day.

Topic:   MOTIONS FOR PAPERS
Subtopic:   SUBSIDIES ON POTATOES
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