May 30, 1956 (22nd Parliament, 3rd Session)

LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Defence Production; Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Right Hon. C. D. Howe (Minister of Trade and Commerce):

I am rising very briefly to correct a statement I made that is recorded in Hansard for yesterday, May 29. In replying to a question of the hon. member for York West (Mr. Hamilton) regarding the cutback of Orenda Engines Limited, I referred to the F-86 aircraft as "becoming obsolete". In these days of rapid technical advancement in the science of aeronautics and aircraft armament, this statement is commonly applied to almost every military aircraft as it leaves the drawing board. I would, however, like to correct the impression which I may have left that the F-86 aircraft is reaching the stage of obsolescence at any greater rate than any other fighter aircraft now in use, since the opposite is the case. In point of fact, the F-86 Sabre with Orenda engines is recognized as possibly the best day interceptor now in a full operational role. The reduction in the rate of production of Orenda engines at Malton merely represents the fulfilment of current requirements for the Sabre VI, which is still in production at Canadair Limited.

Topic:   PRIVILEGE
Subtopic:   MR. HOWE, PORT ARTHUR CORRECTED STATEMENT RESPECTING ORENDA ENGINES
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