February 14, 1933 (17th Parliament, 4th Session)


John Campbell Elliott



Just a word as to the
situation as it appears to me from the discussion 'that has taken place. For a number of years there have been debates in the house as to the advisability of making these so-called grants for cadet training. If there is a doubt about whether the government can refuse to make the grants, of course all the discussion of those years has been useless. The answer would have been very simple: We cannot prevent it. That is, if that is the situation. Apparently neither the Prime Minister nor the Minister of National Defence is in a position to say definitely that the government is or is not bound to go on with these grants. It seems to me it is a very remarkable position into which the government has got itself, and I am not referring particularly to this administration.

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