Hon. Raymond O'Hurley (Minister of Defence Production):
Mr. Speaker, on April 17 I received a telegram from the workers' unions of Lauzon, protesting against the construction of a submarine in England.
First, I must say that no contract of the kind was awarded abroad, and if it should ever happen, I can assure the workers of Lauzon that they will be protected by other contracts more beneficial to them, such as the construction of frigates provided for in the new program, as well as the conversion of frigates of the existing fleet, and their share of repairs to our warships, as in the past.
We want to provide work for our defence industry in compensation for contracts we award abroad, and that, always in order to help certain sectors of that industry which are now undergoing some serious difficulties, like our aircraft industries, for instance.
Subtopic: DEFENCE PRODUCTION