months have there been a large number of applications for discharge by purchase from recruits who joined during war time? What is 47696-219
the position to-day, generally, as far as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is concerned? Does the minister intend to expand the numbers in order to meet the current crime wave, and what is the shortage that is to be filled by men coming back from overseas?
Mr. ST. LAURENT: The strength is now about 200 below establishment, and it may be necessary to increase the establishment for the development of this coast service, and of the air service contemplated.