At the Government House at Ottawa
Thursday, the 18th day of October, 1951 Present:
The Governor General in Council
Whereas the North Atlantic treaty was entered into for the purpose of preserving peace by building up the strength necessary to deter aggression, and, to assist in this purpose, it was decided to form an integrated force in western Europe;
And whereas an integrated force is now being established under the supreme command of General Eisenhower;
And whereas, at the last session of parliament it was announced that elements of the Canadian army and the Royal Canadian Air Force were to form part of this integrated force and provision was made for the appropriate expansion of the army and air force;
And whereas, a Canadian infantry brigade group has been raised and has reached the state of training where it may properly be dispatched to form part of the integrated force, and air force squadrons are being progressively formed, equipped and trained to build up an air division in the integrated force, but pending the provision of airfield and other accommodation some of these are to be stationed in the United Kingdom;
Now therefore, His Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of National Defence, is pleased, hereby, to make the following order;
In furtherance of Canada's undertakings under the North Atlantic treaty, authority is hereby given for the maintenance on active service of officers and men of the Canadian army and the Royal
Canadian Air Force, not exceeding 12,009 in number as part of, or in the United Kingdom in readiness to form part of, the integrated force under the supreme allied commander.
N. A. Robertson.
Clerk of the Privy Council
While preliminary arrangements are being proceeded with, it is intended that the movement of the brigade will begin in early November and be completed by the middle of December.
The 27th Canadian infantry brigade will, from the time of its arrival in Europe, form part of the integrated force under General Eisenhower and will be stationed in Germany for defence purposes under the North Atlantic treaty with the concurrence of the allied high commission, the present competent defence authority in Germany.
Arrangements have been made to group the Canadian brigade with the British, Belgian and Netherlands forces. The brigade will be stationed in the Hanover area.
No. 410 squadron of the R.C.A.F., equipped with F-86E Sabre aircraft, is proceeding next month on H.M.C.S. Magnificent to England where this and other squadrons, which will follow later, will be stationed at North Luffen-ham airfield in the Midlands pending the provision of airfields and other accommodation in western Europe.
In order to give the house an opportunity to express its approval of our contribution to the integrated force and to our participation in United Nations action in Korea, the Prime Minister (Mr. St. Laurent), after consultation with the leaders opposite, is placing a motion on the order paper in the following terms:
That this house approves the continuance of Canada's participation in the efforts being made through the United Nations to establish international peace, and in particular to defeat aggression and restore peace in Korea, and by the North Atlantic treaty nations to deter aggression and promote stability and well-being in the north Atlantic area.