March 16, 1939 (18th Parliament, 4th Session)

LIB

Gerald Grattan McGeer

Liberal

Mr. McGEER:

I wish to keep within the rules of the house, Mr. Speaker, and certainly I bow to any ruling you may make. But I am pointing out some things which as a member of the committee I feel we are required to report upon, and some things on which I believe we can form a better opinion by seeing with our own eyes than we can by merely calling experts whose views we may be unable to understand.
We are told that the plant and the company were not capable of being efficiently and economically converted into a production unit of arms for Canada, namely, Bren guns. What have we heard this afternoon? We have been told that a new building has been erected and that some $840,000 of public moneys have been expended on that plant. There is one feature of this particular kind of contract about which the committee by going to Toronto can get first-hand information. In the production line, which spreads over a very large building, a uniform temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit must be maintained, because this particular type of equipment, with its innumerable parts, has to move in production throughout under the same temperature. I am given to understand that, starting from a plant not in operation as against starting from a plant in operation, one of the reasons why it is wiser to adopt this course rather than the other-

Topic:   PUBLIC ACCOUNTS
Subtopic:   MOTION FOB CONCURRENCE IN FIRST REPORT
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