While the time may have come for the establishment of government arsenals-I do not know that it has, but I am ready to take the opinion of those who should know-I do believe that apart from their purpose as pilot plants to guide private industry, sufficient arsenals could not be put on a productive basis in time of emergency for a sum short of $100,000,000. War is always an emergency. Private industry is now equipped to manufacture munitions of all kinds if the proper guidance is given. I agree heartily with the hon. member for Brantford City and the hon. member for Wentworth.
I can name twenty plants which could with very little loss of time be equipped to make munitions of most kinds. I agree with the minister that to put the government arsenals right now on a production basis is impossible with an expenditure of less than seventyTive or a hundred million dollars. We need lathes, shapers, drills, profile machines, precision tools and machines of one kind and another to produce munitions. There is no question that we have these in our plants to-day, and we have Canadian workmen who can operate them. With a proper control of profits, on which I think the mind and will of parliament is now determined, we should not waste too much time discussing government arsenals.
Topic: DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENCE