March 12, 1941 (19th Parliament, 2nd Session)


James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)



I spoke to the hon. member regarding this question and advised him that it would be difficult to give satisfactory information in answer to the first question as it stands, since the word "regiment" is usually regarded as applying to substantial formations of infantry and artillery, and it would be doubtful whether giving this information so far as the active forces are concerned would be in the public interest. The hon. member indicated that he was satisfied not to proceed further with this part of the question as far as the active forces are concerned.
I am therefore tabling the answer to the second part of question No. 1, and questions Nos. 2 and 3.
1. (a) Referred to orally.
(b) 493 units composed of regiments of cavalry, batteries of artillery, engineer and signal formations, battalions of infantry, including reserve companies of veterans guard of Canada, army service corps, medical corps, dental corps, ordnance corps and postal corps units and Canadian officers' training corps contingents.
2. As to the Canadian army, active and reserve formations in Canada:-
Regimental bands Authorized Functioning
Brass 117 107Bugle 45 41Pipe 35 33Drum 3 3Trumpet . 3 3Fife 1 1Total 204 1883. Frequent consideration being given and action taken as is deemed advisable. The matter was recently discussed by the minister personally with the G.O.C. Canadian Corps, the senior officer at Canadian military headquarters, London, and the G.O.C's. 1st and 2nd divisions.

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