Hon. J. L. RALSTON (Minister of National Defence):
My hon. friend gave me notice that he would ask a question of this kind. In the absence of my colleague the Minister of National Defence for Air (Mr. Power) I had inquiries made with regard to the messages which were sent on the night in question, and I have satisfied myself that they were sent
promptly. I would not care to give the house details of all that took place, because I am advised that the information is secret and would be useful to the enemy. But I can say that the messages were sent and were received and that the matter was considered on the spot. The flying conditions were unsuitable at air bases nearest to Estevan Point at the time of the attack, but aircraft were out at dawn next morning and searched the ocean areas off the west coast of Vancouver island, without detecting the enemy ship. A bomber was dispatched from an air base more distant from the point to which the hon. member refers, but it crashed in taking off. The officers advise me that it is doubtful if it could have arrived in time to locate the raider.
Subtopic: ENEMY ATTACK UPON ESTEVAN POINT TELEGRAPH STATION ON JUNE 20