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Oath and/or declaration of George Dorey, in support of Libero Sauro, December 1940
Oath and/or declaration of George Dorey, in support of Libero Sauro, December 1940.
Rev. Libero Sauro was arrested on September 7, 1940 and held at Don Jail before being transferred to Petawawa Internment Camp.
Under the DOCR (Defence of Canada Regulations), after 30 days, internees could formally object to their detention to an advisory committee appointed by the Minister of Justice. The Minister of Justice then appointed a judge to review the internee’s case. This meant an examination of the RCMP’s evidence against the internee, meetings with the internee, and interviews with witnesses who could attest to the internee’s character. After this, the judge either recommended an internee’s release or continued internment to the Minister of Justice.
This written declaration appears to be made in support of Sauro's release, by a non-Italian familiar with his character and work.
This document forms part of a collection of documents and other materials donated by the Sauro family.
Recto: [t-b, l-r]: [typed] IN THE MATTER of The War Measures Act, R.S.C. / chapter 206, and / IN THE MATTER of the application of Libero Sauro, / of the City of Toronto, in the County of York, / Minister. / [line] / I, GEORGE DOREY, of the City of Toronto, in the / County of York, Doctor of Divinity, make oath and say as follows: / 1. I am Associate Secretary of the Board of Home / Missions of The United Church of Canada and have knowledge of the / matters herein deposed to. / 2. Rev. Libero Sauro has been minister of an Italian / Church in Toronto, which is under the jurisdiction of the Board / of Home Missions. During the years that I have known the / said Libero Sauro I have not seen or observed anything to lead / me to believe that he is not loyal to Canada and to British / institutions. On one occasion he drew to my attention that / an Italian paper Ballettino [sic] contained matter which he thought / was pro-Fascist and he told me that he was not a Fascist and I / have no reason to believe that this was not the truth. / SWORN before me at the City / of Toronto, in the County of / York, this [blank space] day of December, / 1940. / A Commissioner &c.,
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