May 24, 1940

DOMINION ELECTIONS

MEMBERS OF COMMUNIST AND NAZI PARTIES INELIGIBLE AS CANDIDATES


Mr. WILFRID LaCROIX (Quebec-Mont-morency) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 16, to amend The Dominion Elections Act, 1938. He said: The German reich being at war with Canada, and Russia having allied herself with the German reich, it is fit and proper that the communists and nazis, representing the ideologies of Russia and Germany, should not be allowed to spread throughout Canada the doctrines of these revolutionary or totalitarian states, and should not be allowed to run as candidates at elections. It is quite true that in a recent judgment of the Supreme Court of Ontario Mr. Justice Chevrier has declared that under the War Measures Act and regulations made thereunder the communist party in Canada is an illegal association. The regulations made under the War Measures Act are, however, of temporary character, and it seems preferable under the ciroumstances that an act of parliament should declare for all time that the communist party and the nazi party have no place in a democratic country like Canada, whether Canada be at war or at peace. Norway, Holland, Belgium, and many other countries have learned by bitter experience that the activities of the fifth column are just as dangerous and fatal in peace time as during the war. Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.


CRIMINAL CODE

COMMUNIST AND NAZI PARTIES DECLARED TO BE UNLAWFUL ASSOCIATIONS


Mr. WILFRID LaCROIX (Quebec-Mont-morency) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 17, to amend the criminal code. He said: Mr. Speaker, the same general explanation would apply to this measure as to the former. Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.


ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE

REPORTED FLIGHT TO MEXICO AND SOUTH AMERICA OF CANADLAN-BUILT DIVE BOMBER


On the orders of the day:


CON

Joseph Henry Harris

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. J. H. HARRIS (Danforth):

Mr. Speaker, before the orders of the day are called I should like to bring to the attention of the house a news item appearing on page 4 of the Toronto Evening Telegram of May 23. My inquiry is directed to the Minister of National Defence for Air (Mr. Power), to whom I have already sent a memorandum respecting the news item. It is dated at Montreal, May 23 and is as follows:

Canada's new fighting plane can dive 572 miles per hour. The Gregor FDB-1 dive bomber, newest Canadian-built fighting plane, was flown into Montreal yesterday on its way to Mexico and South America for demonstration purposes.

I shall not trouble the house with the rest of the item, but would proceed to ask this question. Are Canadian-built fighter aeroplanes being sent to Mexico and South America for demonstration purposes? If so, how many have been sent, and when will they return to Canada?

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LIB

Charles Gavan Power (Minister of National Defence for Air; Minister of National Defence for Air and Associate Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Hon. C. G. POWER (Minister of National Defence for Air):

Mr. Speaker, with respect

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to certain Canadian made fighter aeroplanes which it is alleged are being sent to Mexico and South America for demonstration purposes, I received notice of this question a few moments ago and was able to obtain somewhat sketchy information from the technical officers of the department. I understand that only one Gregor FDB aeroplane has been made in Canada up to the present time. This machine was produced some time in 1938. In May, 1939, the officers of the air force tested the aeroplane and found that it was not suitable for their purposes. I am not quite familiar with all the technical details, but I understand that this machine is a biplane and at the moment the latest developments are in connection with the monoplane type of aeroplane.

Only to-day the Department of National Revenue asked the Department of National Defence whether it was prepared to release this aeroplane to South America. Instructions were given to have the application made in writing so that it could be considered. My view is that in this crisis the engine at least would be valuable to us whether or not the rest of the machine is, and it is entirely unlikely that permission will be given for this aeroplane to leave the country.

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NATIONAL DEFENCE

INQUIRY AS TO DISPATCH OP AEROPLANES TO GREAT BRITAIN


On the orders of the day:


CON

Joseph Henry Harris

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. J. H. HARRIS (Danforth):

Coupled with the question I have just asked is another which perhaps the Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King) will feel disposed to answer. I sent a memorandum to the minister of defence for air (Mr. Power), but I see that he and the Prime Minister have been together on it and perhaps one answer will do for the two questions. Are Canadian fighter planes being sent to Great Britain in accordance with the report from London to the effect that Viscount Caldecote, dominions secretary, had sent a message to the dominion government pointing out the importance of supplies and aeroplanes?

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LIB

Charles Gavan Power (Minister of National Defence for Air; Minister of National Defence for Air and Associate Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Hon. C. G. POWER (Minister of National Defence for Air):

With respect to the question dealing with the appeal broadcast by Viscount Caldecote, I take it that my hon. friend is referring to a press release pointing out the importance of supplies and aeroplanes. I understand that no message of this kind has yet reached the Department of External Affairs or any other department of this government.

fMr. Power.]

However, I will say what is perhaps already ' known to the house through the statement made yesterday by the Prime Minister, that some ten days ago the government of Canada offered to place at the disposal of the government of Great Britain all the equipment in the way of aeroplanes which it might require and which were available from Canada. The government of Great Britain is fully aware of the supplies and equipment which we have here and some days ago it requested a certain number of various types of aeroplanes, the particulars of which I do not think I should give to the house. This was received on Tuesday last, and on Tuesday evening a reply was sent to the effect that these aeroplanes would be available and would be sent forward at once.

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STATEMENT AS TO ORGANIZATION OF THIRD CANADIAN DIVISION


On the orders of the day: Hon. NORMAN McL. ROGERS (Minister of National Defence): Mr. Speaker, before the orders of the day are called I should like to make a brief statement regarding the organization of the third Canadian division. I have to-day received details of the organization of the third division, Canadian active service force, and immediate steps are being taken to proceed with this organization in the various military districts. The composition of the division has received the fullest consideration. Selection of the units for every arm of the service in the division is being made after carefully weighing the various factors involved. As is the case with the first and second divisions and ancillary troops which have been previously mobilized, every endeavour has been made to ensure that all parts of Canada are represented in accordance with population, and bearing in mind the forces each province or area has already mobilized. As in the case of staff and commanding officers of the units of the Canadian active service force already serving, in which fifty-six per cent have had previous overseas service, the same consideration will be given to officers with former service in the Canadian expeditionary force when selections are being made for the third division. Some of our mobilized units which, as a result of changes in war organization, have become surplus will be included in the composition of the third division. Owing to adjustments arising from the decision to form the third division immediately, it will be necessary to postpone the training in camp of units not mobilized in the third division until later in the summer. War Appropriation-Mr. Kuhl


WAR APPROPRIATION BILL

PROVISION FOR GRANTING TO HIS MAJESTY AID FOR NATIONAL DEFENCE AND SECURITY

May 24, 1940