February 1, 1928 (16th Parliament, 2nd Session)

LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):

The government has no
objection to laying on the table the ten interim reports, beyond this that three of the reports contain references to firms against which it is recommended that prosecution should be commenced. What the result of those prosecutions will be it is difficult at this stage to state. It may be that these concerns will not suffer as a result of the charges brought against them, and the administration felt it was worth while considering whether or not in the interim publicity should be given to the names and to the references to them. What 1 would suggest is that seven of the reports which do not contain references of that kind might be tabled at once. As a matter of fact they are all bound in one volume and I was having them separated for that reason so that I could lay seven of them on the table at once and furnish my hon. friends, the leader of the opposition and the leader of the Progressive party, with the other three which they can distribute amongst the members. If it is thought well to lay them on the table and thereby make them accessible to the press, the government has no objection, but that has been the occasion of the hesitancy.
I will see that the seven are placed on the table to-morrow and that the other three are given in the interim to the leaders of the respective parties.

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