Mr. MACDONALD (Kingston City):
Yes. There is no reason why we cannot build destroyers here, and if we can build destroyers we can build cruisers.
As to my'hon. friend's other point, whether the British government can be induced to place "educational orders" in this country I cannot say. Britain will, of course, after the war be seeking export markets and she has always been a pre-eminent country in shipbuilding. I should doubt whether Britain would feel like parting with any of that very valuable part of her export trade. Beyond that I can say nothing at the moment, although I do not think the government has reached any definite conclusions on the point.