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Oath and/or declaration of Robert B. Cochrane, in support of Libero Sauro, December 1940
Oath and/or declaration of Robert B. Cochrane, 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, ROBERT B. COCHRANE, of the City of Toronto, in / the County of York, Doctor of Divinity, make oath and say as / follows:- / 1. I am the Secretary of the Board of Home Missions / of The United Church of Canada and have known the said Rev. Libero / Sauro for many years. The said Board has jurisdiction over / an Italian congregation of which he is the minister in Toronto. / 2. I have never heard or observed anything which would lead me to believe that he was not loyal to Canada and to British / institutions. / 3. I knew that he was devoting some time to the work / of The Sons of Italy and when speaking to him about this he told / me that there was a Fascist element in the Society which he wished / to combat. He has been engaged in the work of The United / Church of Canada for many years and is well regarded. / 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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