March 2, 1944 (19th Parliament, 5th Session)


Thomas Clement (Tommy) Douglas

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. DOUGLAS (Weyburn):

I think it is the minister's good nature and his very human approach. Because of his courtesy the minister has the faculty of making the committee feel that it is a joint effort; that this is not his war or the Liberal party's war. It is a national effort, and all the members and all the people of Canada have some part in discussing and putting forth their ideas with reference to it.
I wish to give an illustration of that. In my constituency there was a Royal Canadian Air Force flying station which was to be closed. At least, the rumour was that it was to be closed and many people were worried about it. As I say, there were all sorts of rumours going around. Some said it was going to be closed. Some said it was going to be torn down. I have never considered it to be my business to bother the minister about where he should build a flying station or whether he should close it or open it. I have considered that it was his business and that of the government. Entirely unsolicited from me the minister was kind enough to drop me a confidential letter telling me that the station was being disbanded but that another one was taking its place. That other station has since taken its place. It was a small matter.

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