Mr. JAMES SINCLAIR (Vancouver North):
Mr. Speaker, I should like to address a question to the Minister of National Defence for Air or his parliamentary assistant. This question is of immediate importance to quite a number of very gallant airmen who are now on operational leave in this country. One of the most gallant of these is Wing Commander Bill Swetman, D.S.O., D.F.C., a veteran of over sixty operational flights over Germany. He is now making speeches in the Toronto area in connection with the victory loan campaign, and he is reported yesterday as having said that "he wasn't trained to give fancy speeches but to fight. When he and others like him came home on leave after a tour of operations-they get thirty days-they wanted to spend it with relatives-not making speeches to persuade people to buy bonds." If people have to be persuaded to buy victory bonds perhaps it is better that we use men like this, who have fought actual battles in the air over Germany, rather than painted actors and actresses who fight their battles on the
screen or in the divorce courts. I should like to know from the minister or his parliamentary assistant if men like this who are home on operational leave and who speak in victory loan campaigns will get extra leave to make up for the time they give.
Subtopic: ADDRESSES IN CAMPAIGN OF MEN ON OPERATIONAL LEAVE