I very seldom rise to speak in the house and hon. members opposite have told me so. With your permission, I shall come back to this whole problem. As far as I am concerned, it is part of the same operation.
Those statements, Mr. Chairman, are those of retired senior officers. They know very well what they are talking about and they definitely support unification. Their number increases constantly.
As for members of the opposition, at a certain time, and even today, I count seven of them-which shows the extraordinary opposition they have raised against this matter which, according to them, will destroy our traditions-I count one, two, three, four, five and even nine of them in the house. Monday night last, April 3, there were only five. That is no doubt an indication of their conviction.
Wing Commander Yellowlees certainly put his finger on it when he said, and I quote the Calgary-Herald of December 10, 1966:
For months now Canadians have been watching military traditionalists arguing against unification. The dispute unfortunately, has been shamefully distorted by emotion, blatant politics and jowlshaking demagoguery.
This is written by a man called Yellowlees -not Lee.