May 30, 1940

NAT

Karl Kenneth Homuth

National Government

Mr. HOMUTH:

The hon. gentleman is not in order.

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LIB

Thomas Vien (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Liberal

The CHAIRMAN:

The hon. member asked leave to put a question and it was not refused.

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CON

Agar Rodney Adamson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ADAMSON:

The Fairchild Aircraft Limited.

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LIB

Vincent Dupuis

Liberal

Mr. DUPUIS:

They are producing good bombers.

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CON

Agar Rodney Adamson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ADAMSON:

They are producing some good ones, but the Blenheim-

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LIB

Vincent Dupuis

Liberal

Mr. DUPUIS:

Keep that to yourself.

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NAT

Gordon Knapman Fraser

National Government

Mr. FRASER (Northumberland, Ont.):

Will the hon. member permit another question?

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CON

Agar Rodney Adamson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ADAMSON:

Yes.

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NAT

Gordon Knapman Fraser

National Government

Mr. FRASER (Northumberland, Ont.):

Did I understand him to say that the Fairchild Aircraft company of Longueuil was producing obsolete planes for the Canadian government?

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CON

Agar Rodney Adamson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ADAMSON:

That is the information I was given to-day and I want to find out whether it is true.

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NAT

Gordon Knapman Fraser

National Government

Mr. FRASER (Northumberland, Ont.):

Your information is absolutely and teetotally wrong.

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An hon. MEMBER:

Teetotally?

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CON

Agar Rodney Adamson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ADAMSON:

I am delighted to have the assurance of my hon. friend. I am glad to have his totalitarian views on these matters.

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LIB

Vincent Dupuis

Liberal

Mr. DUPUIS:

Please proceed in a spirit of cooperation.

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CON

Agar Rodney Adamson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ADAMSON:

That is just what I am trying to do. The information I have received is quite considerable, and I shall follow the suggestion of the Minister of National Defence for Air and give it to him in private. This afternoon we have witnessed members of the government rising in their places one after another and criticizing things which have gone before, things which happened five or even ten years ago. I should like to draw their attention to the speech made by the Prime Minister of this country at the opening of this nineteenth session of parliament. The Prime Minister said that he hoped that this house would carry forward and forget the old sores of the past. I commend his words to hon. gentlemen opposite.

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LIB

Vincent Dupuis

Liberal

Mr. DUPUIS:

And to the other side also.

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CON

Agar Rodney Adamson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ADAMSON:

I commend those words to the hon. gentlemen who have been making political speeches all afternoon. I ask them to realize during the rest of this debate that we have a war effort to accomplish. Let us get on with it.

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LIB

Thomas Bruce McNevin

Liberal

Mr. McNEVIN:

Mr. Chairman, my sole purpose in taking part in this debate is to offer a few suggestions which I trust may be of value in prosecuting the task that lies ahead. The first item to which I desire to refer is the request which has been made for permission to organize volunteer units throughout Canada. I believe there is a large number of citizens who, by reason of age or from other causes, do not come within the category of those who can take part in the struggle now going on overseas. If they were granted permission to organize volunteer units, careful supervision would have to be exercised, but in the light of recent events it is not beyond the bounds of possibility or reason that suicide pilots might land in Canada and destroy valuable utilities and other important plants. It is also true that large numbers of our soldiers may have to be sent overseas as rapidly as possible, and from correspondence which I have received I have no doubt at all that large numbers of men are prepared to organize and to train without remuneration to deal with the menace to which I have referred. In adopting such a course we would only be following what has already been done in Great Britain, and I would therefore ask the Department of National Defence to give the matter thorough consideration.

Furthermore, as the mother country has assumed responsibility for Greenland, it would appear to me that if this dominion can give any assistance in guarding that country, we should be prepared to survey all such possibilities. We have in our northern areas large

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numbers of citizens who are accustomed to an extremely rigorous climate and would be well fitted to serve in Greenland.

I now come to the training of recruits for service in the tank units. Recent events have proved beyond the shadow of a doubt that the tank is the most formidable implement of warfare on the land. In our lumbering industry in Canada we have large numbers of young men who have had wide experience in the piloting of immense caterpillar tractors. These men are accustomed to driving these machines, weaving through the trees and round the stumps, hauling huge loads of logs, sometimes numbering hundreds on one load, and I believe we should encourage young men who have had that experience to enlist in the tank training units of the Canadian active service force.

There is another matter which I should like to bring up. Because one of the government-owned munition factories is located in the riding I represent, I revert to some remarks which I made in this chamber approximately twelve months ago, when I urged upon the committee of supply, then dealing with National Defence estimates, that this government-owned factory be completely reconditioned and put in readiness for the production of munitions. I am pleased to note that substantial progress has been made in that direction. Two divisions have been in operation for many months, and the shell factory will shortly be in full operation for the production of heavy shells. But I am not yet completely satisfied. I noted that the Minister of Transport (Mr. Howe), in discussing the other night contracts let by the Department of Munitions and Supply, which is under his jurisdiction, intimated that in several lines buildings still had to be constructed for the production of various articles. The point I want to emphasize is that we have a number of buildings in the Lindsay munitions plant which have not yet been put into production.

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NAT

Gordon Knapman Fraser

National Government

Mr. FRASER (Peterborough West):

May

I ask the hon. member if any shells are actually being manufactured there at the present time?

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An hon. MEMBER:

Ask the minister.

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May 30, 1940