Hon. Pierre Sevigny (Associate Minister of National Defence):
Mr. Speaker, yesterday a question was asked in the house concerning the stand of the Department of National Defence with regard to views expressed publicly by senior officials critical of other departments and agencies of governments. This question was based on alleged remarks made last Sunday by a senior naval chaplain relating to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
I am informed that the report of these remarks appeared in one of the local newspapers on Monday. A Royal Canadian Navy padre in fact delivered a Sunday sermon at a civilian church here in Ottawa at the request of the local parish priest, who had to be away. Under these circumstances it is not considered that there is any necessity for the Department of National Defence to take any particular stand on the matter. The padre who delivered the sermon asserts that he asked that the programming of the C.B.C. at all times be in line with the precepts of Christian doctrine. He refuses to admit the allegations which were imputed to him in the article.
Civilian War Pensions CIVILIAN WAR PENSIONS
Subtopic: EXPRESSIONS OF OPINION BY SENIOR OFFICERS