May 27, 1940 (19th Parliament, 1st Session)


Gordon Knapman Fraser

National Government

Mr. FRASER (Peterborough West):

Many ideas; in fact it has been the loyal opposition that has forced the government to take action. The hon. member for Waterloo South suggested that we have national registration. With that I wholly agree, and I do not mean that we should have it in 1941. I believe we should have it immediately, for this reason. On Friday in Peterborough four Germans were found on lock No. 23. One of the Germans was a pensioner from the German army, not naturalized in this country. The four included this pensioner, his wife and two naturalized Germans. They were taken to the police station; the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Toronto were notified and they requested that the Germans be sent to Toronto as soon as possible. Half an hour later they were found at the lift lock in Peterborough. I believe that with national registration those people would be under lock and key, where they should be. That German pensioner should not be let loose in this country. I believe there should be a complete check-up, and further I think we should have a sufficient home guard to check everyone travelling on the highway. I believe we should have cards, as we had in the last war, to enable a complete check to be made at any time.
I should like to suggest to the Minister of National Defence that when he sends out specifications for 40 millimetre shell boxes, he send blue-prints with them. I understand that one firm had to send their specifications to an architect, who took two days to figure out what was what.
While I am on my feet I should like to ask the Minister of National Defence if he intends

War Appropriation Bill
to use the Prince of Wales Rangers of Peterborough as a recruiting unit. The men in that unit are well trained, I suppose seventy-five per cent of them having their matriculation papers. They have worked hard and they have full knowledge of the machines with which they would have to work. The same applies to the fourth field battery in Peterborough. I understand all the guns have been taken away from this unit. There are over one hundred trained men and non-commissioned officers available in this organization. I was talking to them on Sunday when I was home and they are very much put out over the fact that there has been no recruiting in Peterborough. One man said that there certainly has been a war movement in Peterborough because men have had to move all over the country to find a place where they could join up.

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