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No. 1429.

AFFIDAVIT OF J. C. CROSBIE.

IN THE PRIVY COUNCIL.
IN THE MATTER OF THE BOUNDARY BETWEEN THE DOMINION OF CANADA AND THE COLONY OF NEWFOUNDLAND ON THE LABRADOR.

Newfoundland
St. John's, S.S.

I, JOHN C. CROSBIE, Minister of Finance and Customs, make Oath and say as follows :—

1.     In early November 1919 I was Minister of Shipping in the Government of the Colony which went out of office following the General Election held that same month.

2.     I have read an extract from a statement made at North West River on the Labrador on the 21st day of July, 1921, by Mr. Raoul Thevenet and witnessed by Mr. C. P. Plaxton.

3.     I have seen the statement there made that in answer to a request made to the Government of Newfoundland for relief for the natives of Labrador in that year I had replied “Let them die.”

4.     I never made any such statement either directly or indirectly ; nor did I or any other member of the Government of the day, to my knowledge, make any statement or declaration of such a nature, or of any nature which - could indicate any less concern or interest in the welfare of the natives of Labrador than we would show towards those of Newfoundland.

5.     If any statement were attributed to me by the “Plaindealer” newspaper, as stated by Mr. Thevenet, it would be in the nature of political propaganda. I was a candidate for the then pending General Election, and the said newspaper was a publication printed solely for political purposes and for the benefit of the cause of the Party opposed to the Government of which I was a member.

6.     Even if I had seen the statement in the said publication, I would not consider its effect as being of sufficient importance to warrant my taking any notice of it, the circulation of the “Plaindealer” being insignificant and its credibility negligible.

JOHN C. CROSBIE.
Sworn at St. John's this 31st day
of July, A.D. 1926, before me,
D.Q. KENT,
Commissioner of Affidavits of the
Supreme Court of Newfoundland.

[1927lab]


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