February 9, 1942

LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

It has been issued, I understand.

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NAT

Howard Charles Green

National Government

Mr. GREEN:

It is in effect now?

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

Yes.

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CANADIAN ARMY

ISSUE OF SERVICE BADCES TO MEN WHO ARE DISCHARGED


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Major James William Coldwell

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. M. J. COLDWELL (Rosetown-Biggar):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask a question of the Minister of National Defence (Mr. Ralston). The press reports the distribution of badges to men who have been rejected for military service as physically unfit. May I ask the minister what has been done about

badges for men who have served in the armed forces and have been discharged through disability? If badges are to be issued, does not the minister think that these discharged men should be given preference in the matter?

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LIB

James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Hon. J. L. RALSTON (Minister of National Defence):

Yes. I would reply to my hon. friend that what is known as a service badge is being issued. I am veiy much surprised that it is not out before this. As a matter of fact both badges have been authorized for some time, and it is just a matter of getting manufacturing facilities and obtaining deliveries. Badges are being issued for service as well.

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WELLAND BY-ELECTION PRESS REPORT AS TO RADIO SPEECH OF HARRY J. CARMICHAEL


On the orders of the day:


CON

John George Diefenbaker

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. J. G. DIEFENBAKER (Lake Centre):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask a question of the Minister of Munitions and Supply (Mr. Howe). The Toronto Daily Star of February 7 contains a verbatim report of a speech delivered by Harry J. Carmichael, an employee of the Department of Munitions and Supply, and the director-general of muni-tioiis production. This speech was delivered1 over the radio in St. Catharines, in support of the candidature of the Minister of Labour.

Was the government or the Department of Munitions and Supply or the Minister of Munitions and Supply advised by this employee of his intention to deliver such a speech?

Was permission asked for, and given?

Does the government approve of the principle of government employees making speeches during election campaigns, whether for or against the government?

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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

Hon. C. D. HOWE (Minister of Munitions and Supply):

delivered the speech, that he wished to do so. He felt that the representations he had to make to the electors of Welland were so important to his own war work that the speech was justified. He wished to know if I objected and I asked him under whose auspices he intended to speak. He said he intended to pay for his own time on the radio and was speaking to his own friends in his home district. Under the circumstances I could see no objection to his doing so. I will say. of course, that had he been on the government payroll his action would have been improper, but in the special circumstances of Mr. Carmichael's case I saw no impropriety whatever.

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NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Hon. R. B. HANSON (Leader of the Opposition):

I have not seen the speech of Mr. Carmichael, and with respect to his position in the Canadian manufacturing world I agree with everything the minister has said. The minister seems to draw a distinction between a man in a government post who draws a salary and a man who does not draw a salary. To me that means nothing. This gentleman, and I understand he is a very high class gentleman, addressed the electors of Welland during the by-eleetion campaign while occupying a post in the government service. I think that is open to condemnation, and the minister should not have allowed him to do it.

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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

Mr. HOWE:

Since my hon. friend has made a comment about my statement, may I make a comment about his? Will he explain the position of Mr. Alan Cockeram, who spoke in the York South election?

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NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

I understand that Mr. Alan Cockeram spo'ke as a private citizen with the full knowledge-

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?

Some hon. MEMBERS:

Oh, oh.

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NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

That does not faze me a bit. All these catcalls do not bother me at all; I have listened to them for twenty years. Mr. Cockeram spoke to his own people with the express permission of his commanding officer and the officers of the Department of National Defence.

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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

Mr. HOWE:

Is that not true of Mr. Carmichael?

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NAT

Karl Kenneth Homuth

National Government

Mr. HOMUTH:

He is not an employee of the government.

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NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

Mr. Cockeram is not an employee of the government.

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February 9, 1942