Hon. T. A. CRERAR (Minister of Mines and Resources):
Mr. Speaker, if I might be
permitted a word, I have just now been handed a document relating to this matter, which I have not yet had a chance to look through, but if I understand the situation aright, the stores mentioned were owned by the United States authorities and were under their control, and I am at a loss to know in what way the Canadian government could have interfered with their disposition. I have just glanced over this document sufficiently to learn that the United States authorities apparently indicate that these stores were either infected goods, blankets and the like, or food that was unusable. Whether that is correct or not I do not know.
Subtopic: FURTHER REPORT AS TO DESTRUCTION OR ABANDONMENT OF STORES .