Mr. Harold Winch (Vancouver East):
Mr. Speaker, may I ask a question of the Minister of National Defence. Has the minister's attention been drawn to a report in this morning's Montreal Gazette as follows:
General Charles Foulkes, chairman of the Canadian chiefs of staff committee, said today Canada and the United States have neglected to continue to develop joint procurement of defence equipment.
It now is possible that we (Canada) may have to abandon the policy of developing and producing special Canadian equipment for the limited requirements of the Canadian forces and revive the provisions of the agreement of 1950 for economic co-operation with our partners (the U.S.) in joint production of defence requirements.
Can the minister inform the house if this statement, as reported in the press, by the chairman of the chiefs of staff committee, is the policy now established by his department and by the government?
Subtopic: CANADA-U.S. JOINT PROCUREMENT OP DEFENCE EQUIPMENT