July 25, 1944 (19th Parliament, 5th Session)


Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GORDON GRAYDON (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct the attention of the government, and
particularly of the Minister of Mines and Resources (Mr. Crerar), under whose department I think this matter would come, to a Canadian Press dispatch from Vancouver which appeared in the morning papers. -This relates to a matter which was referred to in the house on a previous occasion, namely, the report that certain stores and commodities used in the construction of the Alaska highway by the United States government have been destroyed.
On July 10, as reported on page 4648 of Hansard, the Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King) gave an answer to a question asked by the hon. member for Rosetown-Biggar (Mr. Coldwell). His answer was as follows:
Since notice of the question was given, inquiries have been made through the special commissioner for defence projects in northwest Canada. The special commissioner has informed the government that investigations do not reveal that usable stores and equipment are being destroyed or abandoned as reported.
I think the house took that as a final answer in connection with the matter. But to-day the matter breaks out afresh. I want to ask the government if they will provide an answer-I do not suggest that it can be done to-day-to this question. First of all, it appears in the press dispatch that the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States is now threatening to prosecute some Canadian nationals or citizens in the Alaska highway area. I would like to know whether or not that is possible, or whether it is by arrangement between this government and the United States government.

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