March 27, 1923 (14th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Right Hon. ARTHUR MEIGHEN (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to refer to a return brought down yesterday by the Minister of Labour. In the first place, I draw his attention to the fact that the return does not comply with his. undertaking of the 23rd and his statement of the return yesterday. Obviously it does not contain all the correspondence. It does not contain the first communication to Mr. Pacaud, now of the High Commissioner's office, asking him to represent Canada. That would be an important element of the return, as it contains the instructions. I would point out also that the request which finally resulted in the appointment of Mrs. Carruthers was received, not late, as stated by the minister, but on the 6th of March, the meeting not being held until the 10th of April, and that the communication asking for Mr. Pacaud was not by cable, as stated by the minister, but by letter. It would appear, therefore, that there was plenty of time for another appointment. But I wish to impress upon the minister the fact that the return is obviously incomplete, possibly the most important letter of all not being included.

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