May 18, 1939 (18th Parliament, 4th Session)

LIB

Ian Alistair Mackenzie (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE (Vancouver):

It is intended to encourage aircraft production in Canada as much as possible. I believe at the present time there are about ten firms manufacturing aeroplanes in Canada, although not all for the department. In addition, as my hon. friend knows, proposals have been made by the British government with reference to aircraft production in Canada. We are confronted with two alternatives. The first is the development of a long-range policy of aircraft production in Canada, and the second is the necessity of meeting what might be an immediate emergency. Because of the second alternative we have been compelled recently to order substantial numbers of aeroplanes from the United Kingdom and the United States. I think it was our duty as a government so to do, although we would have preferred to have these machines built in Canada. Various types of aeroplanes have been ordered to be built in Canada, such as trainers, fighting craft and bombers. The present policy is really a compromise between the two alternatives.

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