June 3, 1921 (13th Parliament, 5th Session)


Arthur Meighen (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)



After the inquiry of
the hon. member for Russell (Mr. Murphy) this morning regarding the Snider report, I made investigation. The hon. member was under the impression that an Order in Council had been passed authorizing an inquiry and that, upon that being made, another Order in Council was passed authorizing a further inquiry into some distinct matter connected with the same affair. I thought there was only one Order in Council. I find that we were both, in a measure, right and both, in a measure, wrong-or rather I was right in substance and my hon. friend was right in form. There were two Orders, but they were both passed before any investigation.' An interim report was made; hut as explained in the House, the interim report was not laid on the Table, the intention being to await the final report, as there might he danger that the interim report would do injustice to men referred to therein, in respect of whom the effect* of the interim report might possibly be modified by the final one. At noon to-day I spoke to Col. Biggar who was of counsel prosecuting the investigation, and he delivered this letter to me this afternoon:
Answering your question of to-day, no evidence has been given before His Honour Judge
Snider since the date of his interim report (10th March) which would affect the conclusions therei-n or render it unfair to anyone to publish the interim report without the final report. The evidence necessary for the preparation of the latter is now complete and I think His Honour intends to send in the report as soon as the notes of the evidence (of which the last was taken on Saturday last) have been extended.
Faithfully yours,
(Sgd) O. M. Biggar.
I am also advised by Col. Biggar-and I rely on the correctness of his advice- that the interim report has been submitted to His Excellency, and, therefore, I lay the interim report on the Table.

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