May 23, 1940

NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

The hon. minister is pretty sweeping in his denials.

Topic:   WAR APPROPRIATION BILL
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR GRANTING TO HIS MAJESTY AID FOR NATIONAL DEFENCE AND SECURITY
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LIB

Norman McLeod Rogers (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. ROGERS:

The statement made is not

correct.

Topic:   WAR APPROPRIATION BILL
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR GRANTING TO HIS MAJESTY AID FOR NATIONAL DEFENCE AND SECURITY
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CON

Agar Rodney Adamson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ADAMSON:

I am delighted to get the true story, and I shall be interested in knowing what has happened in connection with this matter. The house, I think, is in a better position now that the situation has been cleared up and it knows the facts. I hope that as the session goes on, any inquiries of or any differences we have with the Minister of National Defence will be dealt with as quickly and as suitably as this one has been.

In conclusion, I merely want to say this, that I am in deadly earnest. We have no time to waste. This is a matter of hours. The government should be prepared to take emergency measures instantly, not to wait; because if we fail, if the lights are put out on this parliament hill, the next time a parliament is here assembled, the government will have a majority of about 99-8 per cent; there will be but one speech, and before that speech is given, hon. members, all being in uniform, will raise their right hands in salute, and shout two words which God forbid should ever be uttered in this chamber.

On motion of Mr. Kuhl the debate was

adjourned.

Topic:   WAR APPROPRIATION BILL
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR GRANTING TO HIS MAJESTY AID FOR NATIONAL DEFENCE AND SECURITY
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VETERANS HOME GUARDS

VOLUNTEER FORCE FOR PROTECTION OF MILITARY


Hon. NORMAN McL. ROGERS (Minister of National Defence): I wish to advise the house that it has been decided to establish immediately a force to be known as the "Veterans Home Guards", for the more adequate protection of military property or for any other purpose that may be found necessary in Canada. The force at the outset shall consist of twelve companies, to be expanded if circumstances so require, distributed across Canada and under the military district in which they are located. Each company shall be in command of an officer of the rank of major, and shall consist of 250 all ranks. The district officer commanding shall in each case be responsible for the organization of any of such companies within his district. He will deal with all applications and shall have full control over the operations of such companies within the geographical limits of his military district. The members of the said force shall be recruited from persons who served in the armed forces of Canada or the United King- Royal Canadian Air Force dom in the war of 1914-1918, and shall include persons in categories "A", "B" and "C" up to the age of fifty years. They shall receive pay and allowances according to the rates at present in force for the Canadian active service force.


NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

I congratulate the minister upon yielding to public opinion; and may I ask him if the officers will be selected by the district officer commanding in each district, or will they be appointed by the department here?

Topic:   VETERANS HOME GUARDS
Subtopic:   VOLUNTEER FORCE FOR PROTECTION OF MILITARY
Sub-subtopic:   PROPERTY AND OTHER NECESSARY PURPOSES
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LIB

Norman McLeod Rogers (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. ROGERS:

The intention is that the district officers commanding shall have the responsibility of organizing these various units. It is understood that they will select the officers from the reserve of officers, and in every instance they shall see that the officers so chosen have had active service in the last war.

Topic:   VETERANS HOME GUARDS
Subtopic:   VOLUNTEER FORCE FOR PROTECTION OF MILITARY
Sub-subtopic:   PROPERTY AND OTHER NECESSARY PURPOSES
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NAT

Howard Charles Green

National Government

Mr. GREEN:

Does that mean that there will be a total of only 3,000 in all Canada?

Topic:   VETERANS HOME GUARDS
Subtopic:   VOLUNTEER FORCE FOR PROTECTION OF MILITARY
Sub-subtopic:   PROPERTY AND OTHER NECESSARY PURPOSES
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LIB

Norman McLeod Rogers (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. ROGERS:

I have gone into the matter most carefully with the officers of the Department of National Defence, and it is the belief that at the outset this will provide a sufficient body for the purpose indicated. It is already stated in the announcement I have made that it will be expanded as circumstances require.

Topic:   VETERANS HOME GUARDS
Subtopic:   VOLUNTEER FORCE FOR PROTECTION OF MILITARY
Sub-subtopic:   PROPERTY AND OTHER NECESSARY PURPOSES
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NAT

Alan Cockeram

National Government

Mr. COCKERAM:

How is it proposed to arm them?

Topic:   VETERANS HOME GUARDS
Subtopic:   VOLUNTEER FORCE FOR PROTECTION OF MILITARY
Sub-subtopic:   PROPERTY AND OTHER NECESSARY PURPOSES
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LIB

Norman McLeod Rogers (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. ROGERS:

This will be a military force in every sense of the word, and it will be uniformed and armed as a military force.

Topic:   VETERANS HOME GUARDS
Subtopic:   VOLUNTEER FORCE FOR PROTECTION OF MILITARY
Sub-subtopic:   PROPERTY AND OTHER NECESSARY PURPOSES
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At eleven o'clock the house adjourned, without question put, pursuant to standing order. Friday, May 24, 1940


May 23, 1940