October 21, 1957

NATIONAL DEFENCE

REDUCTION IN PERIOD OF MILITIA TRAINING


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Louis Deniset

Liberal

Mr. Louis Deniset (Si. Boniface):

I should like to direct four questions to the Minister of National Defence. Is it a fact-

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Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Order. I should point out to the hon. member that a series of questions is hardly in accordance with the rules, but I will allow him to ask the first one.

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Louis Deniset

Liberal

Mr. Denisei:

They are related questions of which I have given notice to the minister, and I would think that he would probably like to answer all four at the same time. The first question is: Is it a fact that there will be no summer camp training for the militia in 1958? Second, is it a fact that the training year for the militia has been reduced from 60 days to 40 days? Third, in the 60 day set-up there were 45 days for local headquarters training and 15 days for summer camp and other training. What is the breakdown, if any, of the new 40 day set-up?

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Some hon. Members:

Order paper.

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Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Order. I think my first suggestion was the proper one. I would ask the hon. member to confine himself to the first question. It seems to me that a whole series of questions is not in order and should properly be put on the order paper. Would the hon. member mind repeating his first question?

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Louis Deniset

Liberal

Mr. Denisei:

The first question was: Is it a fact that there will be no summer camp training for the militia in 1958?

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George Randolph Pearkes (Minister of National Defence)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. G. R. Pearkes (Minister of National Defence):

As I announced in the house the other day in answer to questions from other hon. members, it is intended that personnel of the militia will train next summer in camps with the regular units rather than militia units as such proceeding to camps.

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LIB

Louis Deniset

Liberal

Mr. Denisei:

May I ask a supplementary question. Is it a fact that the training period for the militia has been reduced from 60 days to 40 days?

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George Randolph Pearkes (Minister of National Defence)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Pearkes:

I think this question should be placed on the order paper as you suggested, Mr. Speaker. The answer in brief is that the training period for the militia for the coming year is 40 days.

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R.C.A.F.-REPORTED ABOLITION OF AUXILIARY SQUADRONS


On the orders of the day:


LIB

James Sinclair

Liberal

Hon. James Sinclair (Coasi-Capilano):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Minister of National Defence, based on an article in this morning's Globe and Mail.

Is it true, as is stated by the hon. member for York West (Mr. Hamilton), that the R.C.A.F. auxiliary squadrons will be abolished? If that is true, does he not think it would be better for him to announce it in this house rather than for the hon. member to announce it at a private gathering?

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George Randolph Pearkes (Minister of National Defence)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. G. R. Pearkes (Minisier of National Defence):

As the hon. member knows, since the introduction of jet aircraft into the R.C.A.F. it has become increasingly difficult to maintain auxiliary fighter squadrons up to operational standards. When the supersonic interceptors are introduced these difficulties will be enhanced. The role of auxiliary squadrons will then have to be reviewed again. In the meantime the auxiliary squadrons are providing a reserve of partially trained personnel. However, emphasis must be placed on those forces that will provide the most effective deterrent to war. At this moment there is no intention of disbanding the R.C.A.F. auxiliary squadrons. If they are to be disbanded, an announcement will be made in this house if the house is in session.

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James Sinclair

Liberal

Mr. Sinclair:

I thank the minister very much. Then we can take it that the hon. member was misinformed when he made that statement last Saturday night.

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COMMONWEALTH CONFERENCE

REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON RECENT MEETING

October 21, 1957