I shall be very glad to give my hon. friend any information I possibly can. I am glad to note that he has missed the blue uniform of the Royal Canadian navy on the streets. The only reason why he happened to see them in that well-known uniform a year or so ago was because the war was then on. During peace time at headquarters they 'are not permitted to wear their uniforms. The ships on the Pacific coast at present are the Aurora, two torpedo destroyers, the Patricia and the Patriot. The cruiser Aurora was built in 1914, is oil burning, and carries a complement of officers and men numbering 318. The two destroyers are oil burners built in 1916 and carry about 90 each of a personnel. The total number of officers and men on these three ships is something like 600. The college at
Esquimalt is still carried on. Forty-five cadets entered for the last term, and while I do not yet know the results, the reputation that the graduates have had ever since the college was established in 1911 has been a most commendable one. The course is excellent and our young Canadian officers have done well in the British navy, in which we have something like 38. We are going to continue the college on the same footing that has been maintained since 1911. The dockyards at Esquimalt have been closed down for nearly a year. There has not been very much work and we therefore closed them and let all the workmen out except the necessary few to look after the stores, and the watchmen to look after the works. The Halifax dockyards are being operated on very much reduced time and our staff there is necessarily a great deal smaller than it has been. The vote we are asking for of $2,500,000 is for the operation and maintenance of the cruisers and two torpedo destroyers, two submarines, the college and the dockyards at Esquimalt and Halifax. This vote of $2,500,000 is no higher than the amount we spent in pre-war times. While before the war we spent $1,700,000, when we come to estimate the increased cost of oil, coal, wages, provisions, etc., I am happy to say that the cost to the country to-day is not one cent more than it was then, and instead of having an inefficient, obsolete and small navy we have a highly efficient fleet which has made a splendid impression at Halifax and at the Pacific coast.
Topic: REVISED EDITION. COMMONS