Hon. Brooke Claxton (Minister of National Defence):
Mr. Speaker, I think hon. members will be interested to learn that approval has been given for the immediate implementation of a new plan for the procurement and training of junior officers for the Royal Canadian Navy. Entitled the "Venture Plan", it offers a seven-year short service appointment to young men between 16 and 19 years of age possessing the necessary qualifications, including junior matriculation or the equivalent. Cadets who show a desire to make the navy their career may later obtain permanent commissions if they have the necessary qualifications. The plan has been devised to meet the continuing demand for officers for the Royal Canadian Navy. It does not replace any existing officers' entry plan, but is a supplement to them.
On the orders of the day:
Subtopic: NEW PLAN FOR PROCUREMENT AND TRAINING OF JUNIOR OFFICERS