July 13, 1942 (19th Parliament, 3rd Session)

LIB

Angus Lewis Macdonald (Minister of National Defence for Naval Services)

Liberal

Mr. MACDONALD (Kingston City):

I realize that we should not get into a debate, Mr. Speaker, but my hon. friend could have asked his question privately if he had wished, as my hon. friend the leader of the opposition (Mr. Hanson) did. Then he would have been given the information on his honour as a member of the house. But I do not understand how the asking of a question or the making of a statement in this house is going to add to the protection of my hon. friend's constituents. If he thinks for one moment that the whole Canadian navy is going to line up along his shores and defend those shores only, letting the convoy system we have and the protection we have for all the rest of Canada go to the dogs, he is making a tremendous mistake. I am not ready to change the disposition of one ship of the Canadian navy for him or all the questions he may ask from now until doomsday.

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