Hon. J. L. RALSTON (Minister of National Defence):
The Mediterranean operations do not mean that the Canadian army has been
broken up. I would refer the house to a statement which I made on May 13, 1943, as reported at page 2667 of Hansard. There I said:
. . . there seems to be an idea persisting in some quarters that the role of these units and formations in Canada's army is rigid. I wish to say that exactly the contrary is the case. The role of the units and formations in Canada's army is not rigid; their role is flexible. They can be taken apart on the principle of the sectional bookcase. It has always been and still is our policy that the Canadian army in whole or in part is available to be used wherever and for whatever task would best serve the common cause.
The Sicilian operations mean that this policy is being carried out by detailing from the Canadian army a Canadian force to serve in the Mediterranean theatre. The matter of future employment will of course depend upon developments.
The house in committee of supply, Mr. Bradette in the chair.
Subtopic: MEDITERRANEAN OPERATIONS-PRESS REPORT AS TO DISPOSITION OF CANADIAN TROOPS