January 28, 1953 (21st Parliament, 7th Session)


Mr. Blanchette: (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of National Defence)


1. With the expansion of the Canadian army, since the beginning of hostilities in Korea in June, 1950, and the contribution of the Canadian forces for the defence of western Europe under the North Atlantic treaty, it has become increasingly necessary to have an area in Canada large enough to permit the training in active service operations of a brigade and even larger formations. If possible, this area should be on the Atlantic seaboard so that it could be used for mobilization, final training and embarkation of formations that might be sent overseas to take their place in the forces of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to prevent or stop aggression. Such an area should be located in a place where the climate permits training all the year round and where the ground has the characteristics that might be found in western Europe, with roads and other physical features permitting the employment of armoured and other vehicles and artillery and other weapons. Using existing information and also the results of new examinations, sites were looked

at in various parts of Canada but particularly in the maritime provinces, including areas in the neighbourhood of Guysborough, Annapolis and Lunenburg in Nova Scotia, Tracadie, Sussex, Utopia and Gagetown in New Brunswick.
2. These inspections were made by officers of the Canadian army and officials of the Department of National Defence.
3 and 4. The reports which were made to the Department of National Defence were intended for the confidential advice and action which resulted in the selection of Camp Gagetown as having more of the desired characteristics than any other area and also as involving the displacement of less persons than any comparable area. In accordance with the established practice they will not be made public.

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