OFFICE OF THE PRIME
Ottawa, April 25, 1950
Right Honourable Vincent Massey, C.H.,
Royal Commission on National Development
in the Arts, Letters and Sciences,
Dear Mr. Massey:
As you know, I have been greatly impressed with the interest which the public has shown in the hearings which have been held by the Royal Commission on National Development in the Arts, Letters and Sciences and by the number and variety of representations which you have been receiving. Because of the many contacts which you and your colleagues on the Commission have had with the public throughout Canada, it occurs to me that you might be prepared to advise the Government on two other matters which are not specifically included within your terms of reference. The questions I have in mind are the following:
- Methods for the purpose of making available to the people of foreign countries adequate information concerning Canada.
- Measures for the preservation of historical monuments.
My colleagues and I feel that the contacts which you have already had with the public in Canada will make it possible for you to advise us on these subjects without additional public hearings which I realize would prove inconvenient for you at this late stage in your proceedings.
You may be assured that the government will be grateful for any advice or comment on the subjects I have mentioned which you and your colleagues in the Commission may be prepared to offer.
(Sgd.) Louis S. St-Laurent.
* From: Canada. Royal Commission on National Development in the Arts, Letters, and Sciences. Report. Ottawa : King's Printer, 1951. By permission of the Privy Council Office.