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