Hon. C. H. CAHAN (Secretary of State):
In relation to certain matters mentioned last evening by the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre (Mr. Woodsworth) and the hon. member for Macleod (Mr. Coote), with regard to the Canada Power and Paper Corporation, the fact is-I was quite confident of it last night, but did not wish to rely entirely upon my memory-that this company was incorporated under the laws of the
province of Quebec. It is true that applications were made to the Secretary of State for an inquiry with respect to that company, and one of the applications contained copies of the Winnipeg Free Press from which extracts were read last evening. Representations were made direct to the Secretary of State and to the Secretary of State through the Department of Justice by the firm of Hunt, Auld & Wafburton, of Winnipeg. Mr. Thomas A. Hunt subscribed the letter, to which I replied as follows:
It is impossible for me to order an investigation of the Canada Power and Paper Corporation, because it is a Quebec incorporation and does not come within the terms of section 120 of the Companies Act, Canada.
Subsequently representations were made to the Prime Minister to the same effect, and these were referred to me for action. I find that on September 26, 1931, I wrote the Prime Minister as follows:
My Dear Prime Minister:
I have received applications for an investigation, under section 120 of the Companies Act of Canada, into the business and affairs of Canada Power and Paper Corporation, which was one of the companies recently merged under the auspices of the Dunning committee into Consolidated Paper Corporation Limited.
I have declined the request for an investigation into Canada Power and Paper Corporation because I have ascertained that this company was not incorporated under the Dominion Companies Act, but was incorporated on January 16, 1928, under the laws of the province of Quebec.
As you spoke to me recently about a prospective investigation of the above mentioned company, I thought you would be interested in knowing the grounds of my decision.