December 7, 1953

PRIVILEGE

MR. REGIER REFERENCE TO ARTICLE IN "GAZETTE" OF DECEMBER 5

CCF

Erhart Regier

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

Mr. Erharl Regier (Burnaby-Coquitlam):

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of privilege. My attention has been called to an article entitled "Ottawa Day by Day" appearing in the Gazette of Saturday last. This article places me as a supporter of the Social Credit group. I merely wish to say that I am very happy to remain a supporter of the C.C.F. group.

Topic:   PRIVILEGE
Subtopic:   MR. REGIER REFERENCE TO ARTICLE IN "GAZETTE" OF DECEMBER 5
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NATIONAL DEFENCE

REFERENCE TO PRESS REPORT AS TO REPLACEMENT OF LANCASTER PLANES


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Armand Dumas

Liberal

Mr. Armand Dumas (Villeneuve):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to address a question to the Associate Minister of National Defence. Has the minister's attention been drawn to a Canadian Press dispatch quoted in the Montreal Gazette of Friday last indicating that the Department of National Defence has decided to replace Lancaster planes with Britannias for use in coastal reconnaissance? If so, can the minister say anything about that matter?

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   REFERENCE TO PRESS REPORT AS TO REPLACEMENT OF LANCASTER PLANES
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LIB

Ralph Osborne Campney (Associate Minister of National Defence; Solicitor General of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. R. O. Campney (Associate Minister of National Defence):

I thank the hon. member for giving me notice of his question. I have read the article in question and I may say that it is largely speculative in character.

Hon. members will appreciate that in the event of another war, Canada's role in connection with protection of our shipping lanes will require, as it did in the last war, air operations for the detection and destruction of enemy submarines. As was proven in the last war this requires, among other elements, the services of shore-based aeroplanes.

The aircraft at present being used in this field are Lancasters built during world war II and since overhauled and modernized. In the not too distant future these planes will have to be replaced by new types capable of carrying and operating newly developed detection equipment and armament. The 83276-41J

Department of National Defence therefore has been engaged for some time in investigating various types of aircraft which might be suitable successors to the Lancasters. These studies indicate that, for the long-range task, the most suitable aircraft is an aircraft having the general characteristics of the Bristol 175 popularly known as the Britannia.

The complex devices required for antisubmarine work and the problems connected with fitting them into a new aircraft in the most effective way, as well as other modifications to the aircraft, naturally require further considerable time and study.

Design studies have been under way already for some time by Royal Canadian Air Force engineers looking to adaptation of the Britannia for the special role to which I have referred. It is now proposed that further study be carried out jointly by officials of the Department of National Defence, the Department of Defence Production and Canadair Limited. In accordance with normal aircraft production practice this will lead, in due course, to the production of a prototype for testing and proving purposes.

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   REFERENCE TO PRESS REPORT AS TO REPLACEMENT OF LANCASTER PLANES
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POST OFFICE

TORONTO SUBWAY


On the orders of the day:


PC

George Harris Hees

Progressive Conservative

Mr. George H. Hees (Broadview):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Postmaster General, or in his absence to his parliamentary assistant. Has the government decided to issue a special stamp to commemorate the opening of Canada's first subway transit system next March? I asked this question last February, and I am hopeful of receiving a favourable answer today.

Topic:   POST OFFICE
Subtopic:   TORONTO SUBWAY
Sub-subtopic:   STAMP ISSUE
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LIB

Thomas Andrew Murray Kirk (Parliamentary Assistant to the Postmaster General)

Liberal

Mr. T. A. M. Kirk (Parliamentary Assistant to the Postmaster General):

May I thank the hon. gentleman for sending me notice of this question and say that according to the records in the office the Postmaster General has been giving this matter consideration. If the hon. member will be so kind as to wait three or four more days until the return of the Postmaster General, I am sure he will be pleased to give him a definite answer.

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Inquiries of the Ministry HOUSE OF COMMONS

Topic:   POST OFFICE
Subtopic:   TORONTO SUBWAY
Sub-subtopic:   STAMP ISSUE
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INQUIRY AS TO CHRISTMAS RECESS


On the orders of the day:


PC

Douglas Scott Harkness

Progressive Conservative

Mr. D. S. Harkness (Calgary North):

I

should like to direct a question to the Prime Minister. Is the Prime Minister able to indicate to the house the date of the Christmas recess? I >miay say that this matter is of some concern to those who come from a considerable distance. I understand that train and plane reservations are already difficult to obtain.

Topic:   INQUIRY AS TO CHRISTMAS RECESS
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LIB

Louis Stephen St-Laurent (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Right Hon. L. S. St. Laurent (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, the latest date we have been contemplating would be Friday, December 18; but it was hoped that we might clean up the order paper so as to adjourn the previous evening, on December 17. Of course the house makes its decision in that respect, but we would suggest that the adjournment be taken then until the second Monday of January, which would be January 11.

Topic:   INQUIRY AS TO CHRISTMAS RECESS
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CROP LOSSES IN NORTHWESTERN MANITOBA

REQUEST FOR EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE


On the orders of the day:


December 7, 1953