January 4, 1958 (23rd Parliament, 1st Session)


Victor Quelch

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Mr. Quelch:

Mr. Chairman, I have a question I should like to ask the minister. So far the discussion has been about what could be done in the event of enemy bombers coming over but I am interested in knowing what is the situation regarding enemy submarines. How near could they come to the coast of North America before we would be in a position to take action against those submarines? We have been informed that Russia has 500 submarines and in a short space of time will have 1,200. We have also been informed that they are armed with rocket-launching devices so I think most of us would believe that in the event of war Russia would probably use them for the purpose of launching atomic missiles against towns in the United States. At what distance could they be attacked by our planes if they were spotted?

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