December 4, 1952

NATIONAL DEFENCE

ADMINISTRATION AT PETAWAWA CAMP

PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. George A. Drew (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, before the orders of the day, in view of the fact that it has been announced that the Minister of National Defence (Mr. Claxton) will be leaving tomorrow, I wish to direct a question to him. I ask whether, since Mr. Currie's appointment was announced on April 21, 1952, he has received any positive recommendations from Mr. Currie in regard to the subject matter of his inquiry, in writing or orally, and if so is the minister prepared to convey to the house some information as to the nature of the recommendations which have been made.

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   ADMINISTRATION AT PETAWAWA CAMP
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO REPORT
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LIB

Brooke Claxton (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Hon. Brooke Claxton (Minister of National Defence):

Mr. Speaker, since Mr. Currie's appointment I have seen him about this matter on one occasion only. That was when he was in national defence headquarters carrying on his inquiry. I asked him to see, me and he did. I then asked him if he was getting all the information that he wanted and he said he was. I told him that if at any time he wanted further powers or more information such would be made available to him.

I have had no other communication of whatever kind with him.

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   ADMINISTRATION AT PETAWAWA CAMP
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO REPORT
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PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Drew:

Mr. Speaker, I would ask a supplementary question. In view of the fact that the minister read to us a letter from Mr. Currie, assuring us at the time of his appointment that he would proceed with the utmost speed to make inquiry into this matter and communicate his views to the minister, may I ask if the minister has pointed that out to him and has he not indicated that it is very desirable that we have the report at the earliest possible date.

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   ADMINISTRATION AT PETAWAWA CAMP
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO REPORT
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LIB

Brooke Claxton (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. Claxton.:

Mr. Speaker, I have not interfered with Mr. Currie's investigation in any way whatever. He knows as well as the Leader of the Opposition that it is desirable that a report should be made at the earliest possible date.

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   ADMINISTRATION AT PETAWAWA CAMP
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO REPORT
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PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Drew:

Mr. Speaker, I ask one further supplementary question. To the knowledge

of the minister, has Mr. Currie seen the Prime Minister (Mr. St. Laurent) in regard to this matter within recent weeks?

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   ADMINISTRATION AT PETAWAWA CAMP
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO REPORT
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LIB

Brooke Claxton (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. Claxton:

I have no information bearing on that at all. Had Mr. Currie seen the Prime Minister I am sure the Prime Minister would have spoken to me about it. Since he has not done so I assume that Mr. Currie has not seen him.

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   ADMINISTRATION AT PETAWAWA CAMP
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO REPORT
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PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Drew:

There seems a strange lack of interest in such an important matter.

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   ADMINISTRATION AT PETAWAWA CAMP
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO REPORT
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NATO CONFERENCE

FURTHER CANADIAN MILITARY COMMITMENTS


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Hazen Robert Argue

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. H. R. Argue (Assiniboia):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of National Defence (Mr. Claxton) arising out of a Canadian Press dispatch appearing in this morning's paper. Is the minister in a position to assure the house that Canada, at the forthcoming NATO conference, will not agree to any increase in its military commitments under NATO for the coming year?

Topic:   NATO CONFERENCE
Subtopic:   FURTHER CANADIAN MILITARY COMMITMENTS
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LIB

Brooke Claxton (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Hon. Brooke Claxton (Minister of National Defence):

When we form part of an alliance, Mr. Speaker, we do so in good faith. At the meeting of the council to be held in Paris on December 15, we will sit down with the other thirteen members of the North Atlantic alliance to consider what should be done. Everything that is suggested will be considered. I shall certainly not be in a position, under our constitutional practice, to make any additional commitments without reporting back to the cabinet. So far as I know, there has been no suggestion that we should make any further commitments for military activity.

Topic:   NATO CONFERENCE
Subtopic:   FURTHER CANADIAN MILITARY COMMITMENTS
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FISHERIES

STORM DAMAGE IN NEWFOUNDLAND


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Chesley William Carter

Liberal

Mr. C. W. Carter (Burin-Burgeo):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Fisheries. Can the minister say what steps are being taken by the government with respect to the recent storm damage in Newfoundland?

Topic:   FISHERIES
Subtopic:   STORM DAMAGE IN NEWFOUNDLAND
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LIB

James Sinclair (Minister of Fisheries)

Liberal

Hon. James Sinclair (Minister of Fisheries):

The attitude of the federal government towards such catastrophes in provinces has

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Inquiries of the Ministry been stated by the Prime Minister on several occasions, and it has been that property rights are primarily a matter for the provinces. It is only in cases where the losses in such catastrophes are beyond the financial ability of the province to handle that the federal government does assist. So far we have received no request from Newfoundland for such assistance.

We do know, from our own fisheries officials, that the storm damage is very severe, more severe than any in the last twenty years. We do know that the government of Newfoundland has set up a cabinet committee to assess the damage. When they have completed that assessment, they will take the steps that they think proper in the circumstances.

Topic:   FISHERIES
Subtopic:   STORM DAMAGE IN NEWFOUNDLAND
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FLOOD CONTROL

December 4, 1952