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Letter from M.J. Coldwell M.P., to Rev. L. Sauro, April 16, 1941
Letter from M.J. Coldwell M.P., to Rev. L. Sauro, April 16, 1941.
Rev. Libero Sauro was arrested on September 7, 1940 and held at Don Jail before being transferred to Petawawa Internment Camp.
After his release, Sauro continued to help other internees and their families. This letter is a response to one Sauro had sent on behalf on internee Giuseppe Boccaccio (see ICEA2010-0008-0049).
M.J. Coldwell, an M.P. from the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation of Canada Party (CCF), had provided assistance in Sauro's own case, when contacted by Clementina, Sauro's wife. Internees were not charged with a crime and so not entitled to habeas corpus. However, under the 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. Unfortunately, this process seemed beset with delays and some confusion in many examples.
This document forms part of a collection of documents and other materials donated by the Sauro family.
April 16, 1941
Recto: [t-b, l-r]: [printed on paper] [crest] / House of Commons / Canada [typed] Ottawa, April 16, 1941 / Rev. L. Sauro, / 104 Millwood Road, / 410 College Street, / Toronto, Ont. / Dear Mr. Sauro, / Thank you for your letter received / sometime ago. / I was glad to know that your case / had been investigated and that you had been released / unconditionally. I am afraid that some very grave / injustices were done both in Canada and in Great Britain / during the panic of last June. / I visited a number of internees from / England in September, and lately heard Mr. Patterson / who was sent here by the British Home Office, state / that he had returned one thousand to England, approved / the release of another thousand to the United States, / and expressed his regret that injustices had been done. Of course / we know that there was some excuse. / I hope that by this time that Mr. Giuseppe / Boccaccio of the City of Hamilton has had his hearing. I / cannot understand these long delays. / Yours sincerely, / [signature in ink] M. J. Coldwell [typed] MJC//A M. J. COLDWELL
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