February 5, 1957

NATIONAL DEFENCE

UNITED NATIONS-REPORTED INCREASE IN CANADIAN CONTRIBUTION TO EMERGENCY FORCE


On the orders of the day:


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Howard Charles Green

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Howard C. Green (Vancouver-Quadra):

Mr. Speaker, may I ask the Prime Minister whether the report which appeared in the paper yesterday to the effect that a Canadian armoured unit is to be sent to the United Nations emergency force is correct? If so, may we have a statement concerning the proposal?

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   UNITED NATIONS-REPORTED INCREASE IN CANADIAN CONTRIBUTION TO EMERGENCY FORCE
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Ralph Osborne Campney (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

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

If I may, Mr. Speaker, I will answer that question. We have had a request from the United Nations emergency force for a reconnaissance unit with scout cars and wireless vehicles and about 110 personnel and also for a number of other personnel, about 60 of the types already in Egypt. This request is under consideration and is being processed now. I will make a statement when it has been decided what action will be taken. As I have said the request is for a reconnaissance unit, not an armoured regiment.

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Subtopic:   UNITED NATIONS-REPORTED INCREASE IN CANADIAN CONTRIBUTION TO EMERGENCY FORCE
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Howard Charles Green

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

May I ask the Prime Minister or one of the other ministers whether any other nations are sending additional troops to this force; whether any of the nations that already have troops there are withdrawing them, and also in what locality these troops are supposed to serve?

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   UNITED NATIONS-REPORTED INCREASE IN CANADIAN CONTRIBUTION TO EMERGENCY FORCE
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Ralph Osborne Campney (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. Campney:

I do not know of any troops that are being withdrawn. I noticed in the press, I think it was yesterday, that the Brazilian government is sending 400 or 500 further troops. A few days ago I gave a statement to the house indicating where the Canadians are located. So far as I know, there has been no change since.

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   UNITED NATIONS-REPORTED INCREASE IN CANADIAN CONTRIBUTION TO EMERGENCY FORCE
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Howard Charles Green

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

Are these troops going to the same place as the other Canadian troops?

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   UNITED NATIONS-REPORTED INCREASE IN CANADIAN CONTRIBUTION TO EMERGENCY FORCE
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Ralph Osborne Campney (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. Campney:

They will go first, if they go, to the base. The decision as to where they will be deployed from there will rest with General Burns.

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   UNITED NATIONS-REPORTED INCREASE IN CANADIAN CONTRIBUTION TO EMERGENCY FORCE
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George Randolph Pearkes

Progressive Conservative

Mr. G. R. Pearkes (Esquimalt-Saanich):

May I ask a supplementary question. Has the government cleared with Colonel Nasser to see whether or not these troops will be acceptable?

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Subtopic:   UNITED NATIONS-REPORTED INCREASE IN CANADIAN CONTRIBUTION TO EMERGENCY FORCE
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Ralph Osborne Campney (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. Campney:

No, we have had no communication with Colonel Nasser.

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Subtopic:   UNITED NATIONS-REPORTED INCREASE IN CANADIAN CONTRIBUTION TO EMERGENCY FORCE
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CAMP IPPERWASH - INQUIRY AS TO REMOVAL OF GUARDS REGIMENT


On the orders of the day:


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Joseph Warner Murphy

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. W. Murphy (Lambton West):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask the Minister of National Defence if he has received any telegrams protesting the removal of the fourth battalion of the Canadian Guards from Camp Ipperwash. If so, will the minister tell the house what is being done about it. If the Guards are removed from Camp Ipperwash will other troops be moved in?

Topic:   CAMP IPPERWASH - INQUIRY AS TO REMOVAL OF GUARDS REGIMENT
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Ralph Osborne Campney (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, before the 4th Guards battalion was moved to Camp Ipperwash it was used as a militia camp, as a cadet camp and in various other ways. Once the Guards are removed it will again be used for such purposes. There is no present intention of moving any other regular unit into the camp but the matter is being given consideration to see if this might be possible.

Topic:   CAMP IPPERWASH - INQUIRY AS TO REMOVAL OF GUARDS REGIMENT
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Joseph Warner Murphy

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Murphy (Lambton West):

May I ask

the minister a supplementary question. Is it a fact that the Guards are being removed from Camp Ipperwash?

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Ralph Osborne Campney (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. Campney:

The battalion at Camp Ipperwash is not being moved. It is one of the two regular battalions being run down.

Topic:   CAMP IPPERWASH - INQUIRY AS TO REMOVAL OF GUARDS REGIMENT
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INQUIRY AS TO FURTHER REDUCTION IN INFANTRY BATTALIONS


On the orders of the day:


PC

Gordon Minto Churchill

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Gordon Churchill (Winnipeg South Centre):

May I ask the Minister of National Defence whether it is the intention of the government to make any further reduction in the number of infantry battalions in the Canadian army which are on active service?

Topic:   INQUIRY AS TO FURTHER REDUCTION IN INFANTRY BATTALIONS
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February 5, 1957