23 December 1953: US Interviews of Canadian Citizens

In December 1953, the state of the relationship between US and Canadian intelligence organizations remains a major topic of conversation within Canadian government circles. In this instance, it is in the form of a question in the House of Commons regarding US interviews of Canadian citizens. This summary document from Arnold Smith describes the RCMP procedure regarding FBI investigations but also deflects criticism of the process stating that “the wiser course would probably be to consider each case on its own merits and not to commit ourselves in advance one way or the other.”

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Smith memorandum, ‘‘Interviews by United States Agencies of Canadian Citizens in Canada,’’ 23 Dec. 1953, LAC, RG 25, vol. 8561, file no. 50303-40, part 1.1.

23 December 1953: US Interviews of Canadian Citizens