Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, a few days ago, on the celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the establishment of the Red Army in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics I was happy to pay a tribute to the unparalleled successes of Russian arms in the unrelenting campaign of driving the German invaders from Russian soil. News of more recent days has shown the weight and the telling effect of the sustained offensive which has been undertaken by the united nations in combat areas alike in Europe and in the far east.
One has but to mention the recent air assaults against Germany, in which Canadian bomber squadrons had a large share, and the more recent annihilation of a large Japanese convoy by the air forces operating under United States command, to realize the might of this growing offensive.
As to the air offensive against Germany, it is now estimated that during the month of February alone more than ten thousand tons of bombs were dropped on bombing objectives in German-occupied Europe; two and a half times the average for any month in 1942.
As to the successes in the Pacific, it is evident from the details so far reported that the sinking of twenty-two Japanese ships by air attack represents a most signal success,
the most remarkable of the air arm in that theatre of war to date. The fact that both achievements, although many thousands of miles apart, were virtually simultaneous, is most significant. It foreshadows ultimate victory over the axis partners.
Throughout these momentous days, two in particular among the leaders of the united nations have been much in our thoughts. Both Mr. Churchill and Mr. Roosevelt have been indisposed, without doubt as a result of fatigue reactions consequent upon the strain of their recent momentous journeys. Hon. members will have observed with pleasure that Mr. Churchill was able yesterday to resume his place as chairman of the war cabinet of the United Kingdom, and that Mr. Roosevelt has also been restored to health. They will recall with equal satisfaction that to-day marks the tenth anniversary of Mr. Roosevelt's inauguration as President of the United States.
I have felt that it would be in keeping with the wishes of all hon. members were I to associate with a recognition of the latest achievements of the air forces of the united nations, alike over land and sea, messages of greeting to the British Prime Minister and to the President. With the permission of the house I shall read copies of the telegrams which I dispatched earlier to-day:
Ottawa, March 4, 1943. Right Hon. Winston Churchill,
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom:
I should like you to know with what pleasure members of the parliament of Canada have learned that yesterday you were able again to
Sreside at the meeting of the war cabinet.
othing I am sure could be more encouraging at the moment of your recovery from your recent indisposition than the reports of the effects of the heavy and sustained bombing of Germany within the last few days. The latest assaults by the R.A.F., the R.C.A.F., and other allied forces in the air offensive against occupied Europe have come at a moment when the successes of the Red Army on land, and of the air forces under United States command in the Pacific have demonstrated the might of the general offensive now undertaken by the united nations. Viewed together they are prophetic of the ultimate defeat of the enemies of freedom.
It is the fervent hope of all Canadians that you may continue to gain the strength and encouragement so greatly needed in the tremendous tasks which lie ahead. Kindest personal remembrances.
W. L. Mackenzie King
Ottawa, March 4, 1943. Franklin D. Roosevelt,
President of the United States of America:
On this tenth anniversary of your initial inauguration as President of the United States I should like to send to you on behalf of the
United Nations Leaders
members of the parliament of Canada and all your good neighbours in Canada, warmest greetings and every good wish.
I am sure that on this anniversary nothing could be more welcome to you, and to the people of the United States, than the news of the magnificent successes of the air and naval forces under United States command in the continuing offensive against Japan in the Pacific area. Combined with the onward march of the Red Army in Europe and the sustained assault by the allied forces against Germany, these signal achievements are indeed prophetic of the ultimate defeat of the axis powers. In this growing offensive of all the united nations, let me assure you of our heartfelt wishes for your health and strength as the labours and sacrifices of free peoples throughout the world bring us all nearer the day of final victory. Kindest personal regards.
W. L. Mackenzie King
Subtopic: MESSAGES TO MR. CHURCHILL ON RECOVERY FROM ILLNESS AND MR. ROOSEVELT ON TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF FIRST INAUGURATION AS PRESIDENT