Angus Lewis MACDONALD

MACDONALD, The Hon. Angus Lewis, P.C., Q.C., B.A., LL.B., S.J.D., LL.D.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Kingston City (Ontario)
Birth Date
August 10, 1890
Deceased Date
April 13, 1954
Website
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=2b74f178-e704-4a9d-8811-9cd1eaf94f62&Language=E&Section=ALL
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=2b74f178-e704-4a9d-8811-9cd1eaf94f62&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
barrister, lecturer, professor

Parliamentary Career

August 12, 1940 - April 16, 1945
LIB
  Kingston City (Ontario)
  • Minister of National Defence for Naval Services (July 12, 1940 - April 17, 1945)
  • Minister of National Defence for Air (November 30, 1944 - January 10, 1945)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 308)


April 13, 1945

Mr. MACDONALD (Kingston City):

My hon. friend says, up to the present time. I think that the figures that I gave him for Cornwallis were up to December 6, 1944; that was for the capital cost. The figures I have given for Sydney were up to February of this year. There might be a slight increase by now over the capital figures I gave, but I do not think it would be very great. The figures I have given on cost,of equipment should be added to the figures I gave on April 4 for capital costs.

Topic:   CAPITAL COSTS AT CORNWALLIS AND SYDNEY, N.S.
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April 5, 1945

Mr. MACDONALD (Kingston City):

Yes. One of the rehabilitation officers I have mentioned-I forget her name-is a woman

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OP NATIONAL DEFENCE FOR NAVAL SERVICES
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April 5, 1945

1. There is a naval barracks on the south side of the harbour at St. John's, Newfoundland, which was built to accommodate naval personnel employed in the new machine shops, storehouses, etc., which have been erected on the south side of St. John's harbour in order to increase the ship repairs facilities at that port. All these buildings were constructed with the approval of the British admiralty, and at their cost, but under the supervision of the Canadian naval service. The title to and ownership of all these lands and buildings is vested in the British admiralty, and the Canadian government is responsible only for their operation and maintenance.

2. Total cost $747,232.62, charged to admiralty account.

3. Yes, but not to full capacity.

4. Partially occupied for accommodation, recreation, headquarters of fire marshal and workshops. -

5. It had been planned to make full use of these facilities by May 1, 1945, but this depends upon the course of the battle of the

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Atlantic and also upon the operational requirements of the admiralty.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   CARLETON, N.B.
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April 5, 1945

Mr. MACDONALD (Kingston City):

I cannot draw an exact geographical line, but there is a well-known definition of overseas service. Any ship in the high seas I think is taken to be a ship which is overseas.

My hon. friend also asked about demobilization leave, and pointed out that there was a difference in the leave granted by the three branches of the service. I wanted a little time to consider that question, because I was not too familiar with the practice in the other branches of the service. I find, as I would expect to find, that my hon. friend is quite right. There is a difference in the manner in which demobilization leave is granted to personnel of the different services. I am quite in agreement with my hon. friend that it should be put on a uniform basis, and that matter is under discussion by the personnel heads at this moment. I thank my hon. friend for bringing the matter to my attention.

My hon. friend also asked for some information as to the progress achieved by the demobilization and rehabilitation branch of the navy. We have an officer in the naval service known as the chief staff officer, reserves. He is a member of the naval board and of several other boards, and committees in the service, but one of his prime duties is to supervise rehabilitation. He has under him at headquarters a staff of seven officers and several ratings, also one officer in the United Kingdom who goes around the various ships and establishments there; also two officers on the west coast and five officers on the east coast, which includes of course the Newfoundland command. All these officers have been trained in their particular kind of work, and they have been going around for about a year now explaining to officers and ratings on the ships and elsewhere the terms of the rehabilitation programme and answering any questions that these officers or men wish to put to them. That work will be continued, and I am confident that the staff engaged in it will be enlarged so that every man. who leaves the navy wall have a chance to make himself thoroughly familiar, if he is not already familiar with the terms of the War Service Grants Act and the regulations made thereunder, and with any other information that might help him to rehabilitate himself back

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into civil life. I must point out that the naval services department is not responsible for the actual rehabilitation of its personnel. These are matters that come under the jurisdiction of the Department of Veterans Affairs and of the Department of Labour; but we are glad on a voluntary basis to assist, even in these respects, wherever we can.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OP NATIONAL DEFENCE FOR NAVAL SERVICES
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April 5, 1945

Mr. MACDONALD (Kingston City):

My

hon. friend has raised a very interesting question, and I shall answer him quite frankly by

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saying that there has been no -change since 1941 in the estimate of the post-war navy. While the matter has been discussed, of course, at one time or another in a general way, the figure of 1941 still stands as the accepted figure for the moment. As to a two-ocean navy, the question was raised last night by an hon. member opposite, and I then expressed the hope, which I now repeat, that we shall have a navy of such size after the war as to permit of a reasonable number of ships on the west coast and on the east coast.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OP NATIONAL DEFENCE FOR NAVAL SERVICES
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