July 7, 1942

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES


Second and third reports of special committee on canteen funds.-Mr. Macdonald (Brantford City). Second report of special committee on radio broadcasting.-Mr. McCann. Third and fourth reports of special committee on land settlement of veterans of the present war.-Mr. Macmillan.


THE WAR IN CHINA

FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF JAPANESE ATTACK- TRIBUTE TO CHINESE RESISTANCE

LIB

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

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):

Five years ago this evening, Chinese and Japanese forces clashed in a skirmish which marked the beginning of a war which has brought as much devastation

Tribute to Chinese

and death as was witnessed in the first world war. This house will, I believe, wish me on this anniversary to pay some slight tribute to the indomitable spirit of the Chinese people and their brave leaders. The five years that have elapsed have shown that nothing can daunt their courage or shake their resolution.

On November 3, 1941, I remarked in this chamber that "the uncomplaining courage of the Chinese has not been surpassed in the annals of human resistance", and that "the Chinese continue to die in staggering numbers in defence of their humble habitations and the good earth which for countless generations has given to the ancestors they revere and to themselves their scanty sustenance." Another eight months have passed, and the courage and resolution of China are as fresh as ever.

Most of the great industrial centres, and most of the fertile land of China, are now occupied by the invader; the principal supply routes have been cut off; the loss of Burma has increased Chinese difficulties in obtaining the weapons and munitions of war; bombings are a part of the expected daily routine in the Chinese capital; death or slavery has been the lot of uncounted millions of the Chinese people.

Out of all this suffering and anguish China has given and is continuing to give to her allies an example which serves as little else possibly could to sustain their hearts in these dark days. It is the example of a nation endowed with an ancient and splendid culture, and devoted to the arts of peace, defending itself tenaciously, skilfully and boldly against a barbarous foe which has no thoughts except those of ruthless aggression. Such is the spirit of China in t-his hour.

Chinese resistance is a proof of the moral stamina of democracy. China may be assured that her resistance will not be in vain, and that no matter what the cost, or what the duration of the ordeal, the united nations will continue at her side until freedom again becomes the portion of all.

Topic:   THE WAR IN CHINA
Subtopic:   FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF JAPANESE ATTACK- TRIBUTE TO CHINESE RESISTANCE
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NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

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

Mr. Speaker, just a word in

commendation of the remarks of the Prime Minister. The people of Canada will join with the Prime Minister and the members of this house in expressing admiration of the indomitable spirit of the Chinese people. Those of us who have had occasion to read the history of China know of their contribution to civilization. It is the prayer of every one of us that that noble nation will survive.

{Mr. Mackenzie King.]

Topic:   THE WAR IN CHINA
Subtopic:   FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF JAPANESE ATTACK- TRIBUTE TO CHINESE RESISTANCE
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MILITARY SERVICE

CALLING UP OF SINGLE MEN AND CHILDLESS WIDOWERS FROM TWENTY TO FORTY YEARS OF AGE

LIB

Joseph Thorarinn Thorson (Minister of National War Services)

Liberal

Hon. J. T. THORSON (Minister of National War Services):

I desire to lay on the table copy of order in council P.C. 5840, extending the application of the national war services regulations to unmarried men or widowers without child or children who are twenty years of age.

I also desire to lay on the table copy of order in council P.C. 5841 providing for the issue of a proclamation under the national war services regulations calling out men who were on July 15, 1940, unmarried or widowers without child or children and who were born in any of the years from 1922 back to 1902, but that persons bom in the year 1922 shall not be called out until they reach the age of twenty years.

Topic:   MILITARY SERVICE
Subtopic:   CALLING UP OF SINGLE MEN AND CHILDLESS WIDOWERS FROM TWENTY TO FORTY YEARS OF AGE
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WAR MEASURES ACT

TABLING OF ORDERS IN COUNCIL PASSED BETWEEN APRIL 1, 1942, AND JUNE 30, 1942

LIB

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

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):

On April 21 last I tabled copies of orders in council passed under the War Measures Act between January 16, 1942, and March 31, 1942. I now' table copies in English and French of the orders in council passed under the same act between April 1, 1942, and June 30, 1942.

Topic:   WAR MEASURES ACT
Subtopic:   TABLING OF ORDERS IN COUNCIL PASSED BETWEEN APRIL 1, 1942, AND JUNE 30, 1942
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AIRCRAFT PRODUCTION

APPOINTMENT OF RALPH P. BELL AS AIRCRAFT CONTROLLER


On the orders of the day:


NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

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

On Thursday last when the Minister of Munitions and Supply was absent I asked certain questions with respect to the appointment of an aircraft controller, as reported at page 3863 of Hansard. The matter was by agreement allowed to stand as a notice to the minister. I desire now to direct his attention to the three particular questions which w'ere asked: Has any situation arisen which makes it imperative to create this new authority and to clothe the controller with such wide and unlimited powers? If so, what is that situation? I should be glad if the minister would answer this inquiry.

Mobilization Act-Mr. Pouliot

Topic:   AIRCRAFT PRODUCTION
Subtopic:   APPOINTMENT OF RALPH P. BELL AS AIRCRAFT CONTROLLER
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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Transport; Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

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

The necessity for a controller in that particular field arises from the fact that as the volume of production grows there is a tendency for one contractor to move in on the supplier of another contractor. In other words, one factory may be making parts for one aircraft, and without any knowledge of the department in Ottawa a second contractor may place work in that factory beyond the capacity of the equipment, which results in the work slowing down for both contractors. Such cases have arisen, and it is with the desire to make sure that contractors are protected to the extent that their subcontractors are not overloaded that the appointment has been made.

Topic:   AIRCRAFT PRODUCTION
Subtopic:   APPOINTMENT OF RALPH P. BELL AS AIRCRAFT CONTROLLER
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NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

And these are the only reasons?

Topic:   AIRCRAFT PRODUCTION
Subtopic:   APPOINTMENT OF RALPH P. BELL AS AIRCRAFT CONTROLLER
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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Transport; Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

Mr. HOWE:

That is the only reason.

Topic:   AIRCRAFT PRODUCTION
Subtopic:   APPOINTMENT OF RALPH P. BELL AS AIRCRAFT CONTROLLER
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NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

Was there not full power in Mr. Bell, as director of aircraft production, to take care of any such situation?

Topic:   AIRCRAFT PRODUCTION
Subtopic:   APPOINTMENT OF RALPH P. BELL AS AIRCRAFT CONTROLLER
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July 7, 1942