Some hon. members may have read it, but there are two hundred or so members, and perhaps my hon. friend would not mind my reading it for their benefit. He does not need to listen. The article reads:
The Vancouver Xews-Herald said to-day in a newspaper story date-lined Dawson Creek, British Columbia, that residents of the Peace River district who have been combing United States army dumps to recovek stores allegedly discarded, "face the threat of prosecution by the United States federal bureau of investigation."
"Prosecution of settlers for having American made goods in their possession was launched in two instances," the New-IIerald said, "but it failed for lack of evidence the goods were stolen."
Then it goes on to say:
"The amount of usable stores here is tremendous. The American authorities want to get rid of them, but Ottawa says no," the paper said, quoting a sworn statement.
American authorities are bound by an agreement under which the goods were brought in duty free for the highway construction, it added. Lack of transportation and high costs prohibited removal of most of the goods back to .the United States.
I bring this matter to the attention of the government in order that they may be able to provide a satisfactory answer to the points I have raised.
Subtopic: FURTHER REPORT AS TO DESTRUCTION OR ABANDONMENT OF STORES .