-and Mr. Ickes, as well, made reference to the matter and stated
I am merely epitomizing what he said-that as soon as the active warfare in Europe ended it was the intention of the United States government to increase the gasoline ration which has prevailed throughout the period of the war. I think that before this session ends, having regard to the. magnificent advances which are being made on the continent of Europe, and the belief, from General Eisenhower down, that aggressive offensive operations on a large scale there will soon come to an end, we should have a declaration from the minister setting out in some detail the intentions of the government in this regard.
There is another matter, that of the supply of rubber tires. Would the minister, having regard to the production which is taking place to-day through the Polymer corporation, and the number of rubber tires in stock and in storage in Canada, inform us whether, with the conclusion of active hostilities in Europe, there will be any increase in the allotment of rubber tires?
Coming to the question of motor cars, this has been a subject of very great criticism. Cars have been stored in various parts of the country to be awarded on priorities. Of the decision which created that condition of affairs I have no criticism, but I should like to know this. Numbers of men are returning from overseas, among them commercial travellers who require motor cars in order to earn their livelihood and carry out the responsibilities of their occupation. Is it the intention of the government to grant priority in making
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available motor cars to soldiers serving overseas as soon as they return to take up occupations wherein cars are needed for them to earn their livelihood, when the first motor cars which are ready for distribution are available?
There remains one other matter, and I want to refer at once to all the questions having to do with War Assets corporation. In itself a discussion of War Assets corporation would have resulted in many matters being brought before the minister which ought to have been put before him, but which-again-is not possible because of the shortness of the session. Let me, however, mention one thing particularly. Everywhere in this country to-day civic bodies, in the main towns and villages adjacent to airports which have been closed up, would like to make use of facilities which apparently will not again be required for the purpose for which they were constructed. The fact that the British commonwealth air training scheme is no longer operative on a great scale, and that large numbers of these schools have been closed down, has created a demand on the part of civic authorities for the right to an immediate priority to utilize these buildings. I have in mind-and I mention it only because it is an example-Davidson, Saskatchewan, where the airfield is closed down. The town, or in any event a local service organization, is desirous of getting the use of some of these buildings. In one town it is the desire to use these structures for the purpose of hospitalization; in another, for the training of men coming back from overseas, in order to fit them for an occupation. When you approach the War Assets corporation the answer which is generally given-at least this is my experience-is that as yet no decision has been arrived at as to what will be done in this regard.