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

LIB

Ian Alistair Mackenzie (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE (Vancouver):

The
desire of the department has always been to have aircraft engines constructed in Canada. That would be the ideal, but the difficulty is that the aeroplane is built around the engine. If we developed only one standard type of engine in Canada it is doubtful whether that engine could be used in the various types of aeroplanes. If we are to establish an aero engine industry in Canada we must develop six, seven or eight types of engines. The difficulty in the past has been that our orders were so small that they did not justify the establishment of such an industry, and we have had to order engines from the United States and Great Britain. If we adhere to the use of the types of planes used by the British air ministry, we shall have to insert in those aeroplanes the type of engine they use. Recently an order has been approved for North American Harvard aeroplanes from the United States, and of course the type of engine in those planes will be the type of engine which is used in the United States.

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