May 10, 1950 (21st Parliament, 2nd Session)

LIB

Mr. Blanchette: (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

1. Yes.
2. No.
3. The question of repatriation of war dead to their respective countries received most sympathetic consideration by the governments of the countries of the commonwealth during and at the conclusion of the great war, 1914-18. At that time, it was decided by all the commonwealth countries that all should remain together in the cemeteries
(Mr. MacNaught.]
which would be attended by the war graves commission acting in the interest of all. After the most serious consideration by all the governments concerned, the same policy has been continued in respect to the fallen of the second world war. While representations have been received from individual next of kin seeking to bring the remains of the fallen to this side, these have been relatively few in number and there can be no doubt but that the policy adopted has met with the support of the vast majority of relatives. Undoubtedly, one reason for this has been that it has been applied without a single known exception ever since 1914.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   REQUESTS FOR TRANSFER TO CANADA OF SOLDIERS BURIED OVERSEAS
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