Judith's Response

Louis Saint Laurent 2

Louis St. Laurent 2

Photo of Louis St. Laurent who was the Minister of Justice that Judith criticized. 

Before 1939, Canada had no real 'tradition' of strategic intelligence activity and up until this point, had let British authorities take care of foreign intelligence. It wasn't until 1939-1945 that Canada became more cryptographic aware which was the result of their rapid change in their geopolitical position. (7) Thus when the Gouzenko Affair arised during September of 1945, Prime Minister Mackenzie King and his closest advisors Louis St. Laurent who was the Minister of Justice and Norman Roberston who was the Secretary of State, were wary of offering Gouzenko sanctuary due to their tense relations with the Soviet Union. E.K. Williams who was the President of the Canadian Bar Association, had recommended that the Canadian government would have a better chance at gaining confessions from the suspected spies if they used the Royal Comission. King had originally ignored Williams suggestion in December of 1945, however, once the defection of Gouzenko became public news in February of 1946, King formed the Royal Commision to investigate. (8) Following this, the Kellock-Taschereau commission arrested twelve Canadians on charges of espionage. However, there was widespread outrage among Canadians with the Commission's treatment of the citizens that were suspected of espionage. (9)

NEWS Headline

NEWS Headline

Close-up photo of the NEWS headline from Judith's February 9, 1946 issue.

Amid this crisis, Judith Robinson criticized the Canadian government for their handling of this situation. In her article published on March 2, 1946, Judith criticizes and calls out the government for ignoring the Bill of Rights as well as the Habeas Corpus law. She also criticizes Louis St. Laurent for proposing to parliament to stop the 'unsavoury' things being said about parliament. She states that by him doing this, he hates the democratic part of meeting justice and that he does not understand parliamentary freedom. (10) Furthermore, in another article, Judith states that court should only deny Canadians their rights after a public trial and anyone who is willing to lose liberty to make police jobs easier, are not fit for freedom and they will not keep their freedom for long. (11) In both of these articles, Judith criticizes the Canadian government for their handling of the Gouzenko Affair and clearly states that the way they have been handling it goes against the Bills of Rights. 

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