The Minister in Canada (MacNider) to the Secretary of State
[Received June 8.]
Sir: With reference to the Department’s instruction No. 157 of March 4, 1931, (file No. 842.801/49) and to subsequent instructions, directing the Legation to make representations to the Canadian Government regarding the treatment of American tug boats in Canadian waters as compared with the treatment of Canadian tug boats in American waters, I have the honor to transmit herewith copy of a reply which has now finally been received from the Canadian Government. As the Department will observe, the Canadian reply is a polite but uncompromising refusal to depart in any way whatsoever from existing Canadian practice in this matter.
It should be emphasized that the Legation’s note No. 399 of March 11, 1932, mentioned in the first sentence of the enclosed Canadian note, was merely a note of reminder and was the fourth formal written communication on the subject sent since the receipt of the Department’s instruction No. 157 first mentioned. In addition to these, there have been numerous oral representations in connection with this matter.
First Secretary of Legation