Hon. R. B. HANSON (York-Sunbury):
May I suggest that the Prime Minister make inquiry at his early convenience in the ministry of war services to see if they maintain a service of listening in? I do not know anything about this charge-if it can be dignified by that term; I do not think it can-of the hon. member for Temiscouata. But I had reason to believe between 1940 and 1943, when I had the honour of leading the opposition, that something of that sort was going on, and I think I had the manager of the Bell Telephone Company in to see me. I know this, that all my telegrams were censored, that they were read, and I protested most vigorously against it. It was possible to have excerpts taken from my telegrams and letters. But no harm came of it and the matter was allowed to drop.
I think there may be some basis for the position taken by the hon. member for Temiscouata; and the only ministry I can think of which would know about this is the controlling censorship branch.