VICTORIA, B. C. (Feb. 5)
Premier W.A.C. Bennet of British Columbia has disclaimed all responsibility for an anti-Semitic pamphlet allegedly written by a member of his Social Credit Party. Colonel F.H.M. Codville was identified as the author of the pamphlet entitled “Plans of the Synagogue of Satan.”
The pamphlet, condemned for spreading racial and religious hatred, caused an uproar in the British House of Commons when copies were mailed to members of the British Parliament. United Kingdom Home Secretary, Sir David Maxwell-Fyfe, termed it “obnoxious.”
Premier Bennet stated: “We have said before there is no room for anti-Semitism in the Social Credit Party, but we have thousands of members and cannot be responsible for the acts of individual members.” The author of the pamphlet is a member, but not an official, he said. “What he does as a private citizen has no connection with the party, but we want to be disassociated from any responsibility,” he added.