Letter from Price Waterhouse & Co, to Mrs. L. Sauro, November 22, 1940

Letter from Price Waterhouse & Co, to Mrs. L. Sauro, November 22, 1940.

Rev. Libero Sauro was arrested on September 7, 1940 and held at Don Jail before being transferred to Petawawa Internment Camp.

Price Waterhouse & Co. was an agent employed by the Custodian of Enemy Property (CEP), a branch of the Canadian government that oversaw the administration of assets belonging to internees and other enemy aliens. The government office served a dual function. Acting as a trustee for the internee/enemy alien, the office and its agents also protected the interests of the creditors. The CEP would pay off an internee’s debts by selling his or her property or businesses. It also collected money owed to internees by others. Each accounting firm hired by the CEP would bill an internee for administrative costs even though internees did not ask for the CEP to be involved.

In cases where internees did not have any assets or debts of note, CEP often would remove themselves from the case. it would appear this was the situation for Libero Sauro, as indicated in this letter. Regardless, Sauro was charged a $15.00 administration fee (see ICEA2010.0008.0007).

This document forms part of a collection of documents and other materials donated by the Sauro family.