May 23, 1940 (19th Parliament, 1st Session)

CON

Agar Rodney Adamson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ADAMSON:

The statement I made was this, that in reply to the leader of the opposition, who stated that some 90,000 gas masks had had to be discarded, the hon. minister made a categorical denial that this was done. I happened to have met one of the troops at the gas training school who served with .me. Obviously he had not seen Hansard. His statement, "Did you hear about the 90,000 gas masks which had to be sent back to the manufacturer?" rather startled me, in view of the categorical denial given by the minister to the statement of the leader of the opposition. I questioned him further, and he said that a new type of gas has been perfected and is now in use. Apparently it is one of the new hydrocarbon compounds such as carbon monoxide. I happen to know that carbon monoxide will penetrate the old-fashioned gas mask, and I was interested enough in the matter to bring it up for the purpose of obtaining a statement from the

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minister, because I myself was through the gas school last summer and received gas instruction at camp Niagara, so I happen to know that these hydrocarbons are a filterable gas, they cannot be stopped by the filter which is in use.

Topic:   WAR APPROPRIATION BILL
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR GRANTING TO HIS MAJESTY AID FOR NATIONAL DEFENCE AND SECURITY
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