July 31, 1942

IND
LIB

James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. RALSTON:

Then my hon. friend says the same thing. I immediately had my officials get in telephonic communication with the Pacific coast, and they gave me a list of the equipment. I am thinking particularly of tommy guns. There was a large number of those, and any other articles of equipment which were being issued at that time. I should think it would have reached them. It must be a week ago my hon. friend sent that letter.

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NAT
LIB

James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. RALSTON:

And I got in touch immediately after that. I have sent for the list so that I might give any of my hon. friends an exact statement with regard to it. Of course I am never satisfied with anything in connection with equipment until they are fully equipped. But I am satisfied everything is being done-and that is not simply "language," -that all possible is being done to provide such equipment as is available, and that there is more equipment available than I expected at this early stage.

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IND
NAT

Gordon Knapman Fraser

National Government

Mr. FRASER (Peterborough West):

I was out at Connaught ranges and I found that all the flush toilets and showers were closed up, and that wooden latrines were being used. I have had many complaints from that camp in regard to flies arising from that cause. A great many men out there have had dysentery. Will the minister see to it that the showers and flush toilets are opened up for next year? We will not have time this year, I imagine.

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LIB

James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. RALSTON:

I have a report from the inspector-general regarding that same matter. The matter was taken up with the quartermaster-general and we sent a man out there. One was the district engineer of military district No. 3. I am satisfied that the condition will be corrected for the future. I am also satisfied that an improvement was made as a result of the inspector-general's report.

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NAT
LIB

James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. RALSTON:

I have in my hand now the list about which inquiries were made. I do not know whether the committee will consider it sufficient to have this information communicated to the hon. members for Rosetown-Biggar and Vancouver South. It shows the exact number of Winchester carbines, the number of rifles, Stens, the rounds of ammunition SAA 9 millimetre and -303 ammunition. I would prefer, however, not to put all this information on record.

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NAT
LIB

James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. RALSTON:

If the committee will permit, I shall be prepared to show the information to these hon. members, and to any other hon. members who wish to see it.

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Item agreed to.


LIB

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

Liberal

The CHAIRMAN:

There are no supple-mentaries.

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LIB

James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. RALSTON:

Yes, votes 428 to 4S0, which are three additions in amounts to items already passed.

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LIB

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

Liberal

The CHAIRMAN:

Items 428 to 430 have been passed. They are for the fiscal year ended March 31, 1942.

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LIB

James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. RALSTON:

I believe that is correct.

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NAT

Gordon Graydon

National Government

Mr. GRAYDON:

May I have the privilege of asking one question with respect to item 184? When does the minister expect the book of remembrance will be completed? What progress has been made with respect to it?

Supply-Justice

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James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. RALSTON:

The decoration of the pages has been completed, and the sheets are being checked and examined now for any imperfections. It is expected that they will be handed to the binders about August 1. The employment of assistants to the artists has already been terminated, and the services of Mr. Beddoe, who was actively engaged in connection with the work, will cease on August 31. I should think the answer would be that it goes to the binder in August, and as soon as the binder has completed his operations, the work will be finished.

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DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE


88. Departmental administration, $156,750.


July 31, 1942