April 15, 1918 (13th Parliament, 1st Session)

L LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Laurier Liberal

Rt. Hon. Sir WILFRID LAURIER:

The Prime Minister, as he stated, did me the honour of consulting me last Saturday 'as to the advisability of holding a secret session of this House. The Government must, of course, take the responsibility in regard to a matter of this kind as they are in the possession of information of which the public is not aware, and it is fotr them to decide as to the advisability of conferring with Parliament in regard to it. It is also for them to decide whether, as a result of that, it will be possible to give the information to the public. But of course, all this is upon the responsibility of the Government, who have knowledge of which the public is ignorant, and which they consider the public should not have, at all events, at the present stage. Under such circumstances there can be no objection to the course the Government have decided to take. I can add to what has been said by my right hon. friend that not only has the British Parliament had secret sessions, but the French Parliament has had secret sessions on one or two occasions.

Topic:   SECRET SESSION TO BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17.
Subtopic:   STATEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTER.
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