November 14, 1940 (19th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Hon. R. B. HANSON (Leader of the Opposition):

I have a brief statement which I should like to make to the ministry, upon which I wish to base a question.
In to-day's Ottawa Journal it is stated that Sir Walter Layton, personal representative of Mr. Churchill, recently came to Canada, and it was understood that he has offered certain advice to the government about our war effort. In my view, parliament has the right to know what that advice is, and whether or not that advice has been or will be accepted. In his speech on Tuesday last the Prime Minister made no reference to this important event.

War Materials
It is stated that the advice was to the effect that Canada's war effort should be rationalized, and that we should not waste effort and productive power on orders for things not vital. It is also understood that since Sir Walter Layton came and made known his views the government have set up a war production advisory committee, consisting of Mr. Towers, governor of the Bank of Canada; Mr. H. R. MacMillan, timber controller; Mr. R. A. C. Henry, the personal assistant to the Minister of Munitions and Supply; Major-General Crerar, chief of the general staff, and Mr. Chester, the new master of the ordnance.
AVill the Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King) or the Minister of National Defence (Mr. Ralston) during this debate tell the house and the country just what the position is with respect to this matter? Furthermore we should like to know about this advisory committee. Has it been set up, and if so, what does it propose to do or to remedy?

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