Mr. T. C. Douglas (Burnaby-Coquillam):
Mr. Speaker, the members of this party welcome the minister's announcement that a coastguard college is to be established at Point Edward naval base in Sydney, on Cape Breton island. The need for such an institution has been well known for a long time, and I think this will help fill that need. With the curtailment of some of the naval installations across Canada many of the Royal Canadian Navy personnel might be suitable persons for officers in the coastguard, and this should be a very fertile field for recruitment of people to serve in the Canadian coastguard.
We are particularly pleased that the government has selected Point Edward naval base at Sydney, Nova Scotia, for this purpose. All of us who are familiar with conditions in Cape Breton know of the serious unemployment situation that was likely to take place as a result of the closing of Point Edward naval base. If this helps to meet that unemployment situation I am sure it will be welcomed by members in all parts of the house, and that it will be particularly gratifying news to people in the Sydney area. [Translation']
Subtopic: ANNOUNCEMENT OF TRAINING COLLEGE FOR OFFICERS