April 3, 1945

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Howard Charles Green

National Government

Mr. GREEN:

And she will be the first Canadian-built destroyer?

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Angus Lewis Macdonald (Minister of National Defence for Naval Services)

Liberal

Mr. MACDONALD (Kingston City):

Yes. There is no reason why we cannot build destroyers here, and if we can build destroyers we can build cruisers.

As to my'hon. friend's other point, whether the British government can be induced to place "educational orders" in this country I cannot say. Britain will, of course, after the war be seeking export markets and she has always been a pre-eminent country in shipbuilding. I should doubt whether Britain would feel like parting with any of that very valuable part of her export trade. Beyond that I can say nothing at the moment, although I do not think the government has reached any definite conclusions on the point.

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Howard Charles Green

National Government

Mr. GREEN:

There is one other question having to do with the post-war Canadian navy. The minister said that the government plans on having about 9,000 personnel in the Canadian navy. Can he give us some idea of the ships that are to be in that navy and whether there are to be units stationed on both Atlantic and Pacific coasts?

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Angus Lewis Macdonald (Minister of National Defence for Naval Services)

Liberal

Mr. MACDONALD (Kingston City):

We have always looked on Halifax as one of our great bases in the east and Esquimalt on the west coast, and I should think there always would be units of the navy on both the east and the west coasts.

As to the exact composition of the navy in the post-war period, my hon. friend will understand that the nature of navies changes.

I would hope that in the post-war years the naval air arm would have the place that it deserves. That is why we have made a small beginning, but nevertheless a beginning, in that field of naval warfare at this time. Exactly what ships will be in the navy I do not know. There would always be destroyers I should think, and having regard to the trend of warfare I think we should have aircraft carriers. Beyond that it would be very difficult to go just now. I would hope that we might have a couple of cruisers, but I could not go into any greater detail at this time.

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Howard Charles Green

National Government

Mr. GREEN:

The plan would be to have

some of the heavier ships on each coast. Is that correct?

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Angus Lewis Macdonald (Minister of National Defence for Naval Services)

Liberal

Mr. MACDONALD (Kingston City):

Yes, if we can use the plural at all in regard to the post-war navy. If we have heavy ships certainly I should hope that some of them would be on the west coast.

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Grote Stirling

National Government

Mr. STIRLING:

Will the minister be good enough to give answers to those two questions I asked?

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Angus Lewis Macdonald (Minister of National Defence for Naval Services)

Liberal

Mr. MACDONALD (Kingston City):

I

should like a little more time to reflect on them.

Progress reported.

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At eleven o'clock the house adjourned, without question put, pursuant to standing order. Wednesday, April 4, 1945.


April 3, 1945