I should have added, of
course, that I meant within the general's responsibility as chief of the defence staff. If I had risen again on the subject I would have added this clarification and in addition would have suggested that I would prefer to take
the question as notice until I had an opportunity to determine just exactly what the general had said.
I accept the responsibility for the impression that might quite properly be taken from my words. As I indicated, however, I have complete confidence in the general, and consequently he is not obliged to clear his public speeches with me or the associate minister. At the same time I regret very much the harsh words that were spoken in the House of Commons yesterday, because I am sure no member of this house would want to reflect unfairly on the chief of the defence staff, a very gallant and distinguished public servant.
Subtopic: FURTHER REFERENCE TO SPEECH BY CHIEF OF DEFENCE STAFF