George Randolph PEARKES

PEARKES, The Hon. George Randolph, V.C., P.C., C.C., D.S.O., M.C., C.D.

Personal Data

Party
Progressive Conservative
Constituency
Esquimalt--Saanich (British Columbia)
Birth Date
February 26, 1888
Deceased Date
May 30, 1984
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Pearkes
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=a5d20b47-6869-470c-8621-982e467cd0dd&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
soldier

Parliamentary Career

June 11, 1945 - April 30, 1949
PC
  Nanaimo (British Columbia)
June 27, 1949 - June 13, 1953
PC
  Nanaimo (British Columbia)
August 10, 1953 - April 12, 1957
PC
  Esquimalt--Saanich (British Columbia)
June 10, 1957 - February 1, 1958
PC
  Esquimalt--Saanich (British Columbia)
  • Minister of National Defence (June 21, 1957 - October 10, 1960)
March 31, 1958 - April 19, 1962
PC
  Esquimalt--Saanich (British Columbia)
  • Minister of National Defence (June 21, 1957 - October 10, 1960)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 790)


August 6, 1960

Hon. G. R. Pearkes (Minister of National Defence):

Both those investigations have been proceedings, Mr. Speaker, and the final reports have not yet been submitted.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
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August 6, 1960

Hon. G. R. Pearkes (Minister of National Defence):

Mr. Speaker, when the Pepperrell air base is brought to care and maintenance standards by the United States air force some of the buildings will be vacated. My department has been carrying out a survey to see whether we can use any of those buildings which will be vacated.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   NEWFOUNDLAND
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August 5, 1960

Mr. Pearkes:

Tradition dies very hard in the army, as the hon. member knows, and there have been some officers in some of the old units who have disliked the prospect of giving up their old messes which are located in the University avenue armouries and having to move elsewhere. Some of them have thought that there may be greater difficulties with recruiting, but all these factors were very carefully examined and the advice of the militia commanders at the time and the advice of the general officer commanding Toronto was taken into consideration, and as a result of that we found that it would be to the benefit of the militia and would certainly be of great convenience to the ultimate development of the project in the metropolitan area of Toronto.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENCE
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August 5, 1960

Mr. Pearkes:

-adjacent to Osgoode Hall, where there is a large municipal development nearby. We agreed to the sale of that armoury for a sum, I think, of $2 million and arrangements are being made to locate the units which have been in that University avenue armoury in the outlying districts of Toronto, because we feel that conditions are such, in so far as militia recruiting and the activities of the militia are concerned, that it would be better for the militia if they were moved to the suburbs of Toronto. So we have one armoury I think actually under construction at the present time in the eastern part of Toronto. One will be constructed in the north and one in the west.

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Supply-National Defence

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENCE
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August 5, 1960

Mr. Pearkes:

I should like to thank the hon. member for his interest in the militia units in the area. I know the engineering company at Kimberley and I have seen the reports, which confirm what the hon. member has said regarding the efficiency of that unit. I know that the accommodation is hardly adequate. Unfortunately there are no funds in this year's estimates for an armoury in that area, nor were there any funds for an armoury in Vancouver, so I cannot transfer money from Vancouver to Kimberley. But if the hon. member can suggest any better accommodation which might be rented we would be very pleased to look into it. As for a new unit at Creston, we will be very pleased to look into that when the application arrives.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENCE
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