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 2 of 790)


August 5, 1960

Mr. Pearkes:

I think I would be justified in saying that the principle of the employment of nuclear weapons has been accepted by the

NATO council. I would not feel justified in saying whether all have accepted it but the principle has been accepted and these nuclear weapons, as a matter of fact, are placed in Europe now.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENCE
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August 5, 1960

Mr. Pearkes:

If the vote for administration, which covers all the activities of national defence hearquarters and the administration of the forces, were to be reduced to $1, there would be complete chaos in the administration of the department. Surely if the hon. gentleman wishes to move for a reduction in the spending on Bomarc he should do so under the vote dealing with the Royal Canadian Air Force, vote 225 for the construction or acquisition of buildings and major equipment. This vote provides the funds for the acquisition of the Bomarc sites and the construction of the Bomarc installations. If this amendment were to carry it would remove all the machinery for providing what the hon. member himself says is required in connection with our contributions to the United Nations effort.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENCE
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August 5, 1960

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

We will be pleased to consider that. I cannot say offhand exactly how far the site is outside the town of Gypsumville, but I will look into the matter.

Topic:   HOUSING
Subtopic:   GYPSUMVILLE MAN. ACCOMMODATION FOR RADAR STATION PERSONNEL
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August 5, 1960

Mr. Pearkes:

The vehicle to which the hon. gentleman refers has not yet been fully developed. Naturally the department is watching the progress of that development with great interest. I think it will be a couple of years yet before this particular type of vehicle becomes operational. If I recall correctly, money has been voted for the development; some $2.5 million has been contributed by the government toward the development of this Avro car project.

Supply-National Defence

At the present time we are relying upon helicopters. We also have the Otter aircraft, and we also have the Cansos which are now being replaced by the Albatross which will be an infinitely better aircraft and capable of landing on water in those areas.

Reference was made to the commando type of operation, and I did not reply to that. It is possible that commando type operations in conjunction with air attacks on this continent might be undertaken, and in order to be prepared for any eventuality we do have troops trained for operations in the Arctic.

While I am on my feet, I should like to thank the hon. member for the discourse he gave this afternoon on psychological training. We shall be pleased to study that carefully and look fully into his recommendations.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENCE
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August 5, 1960

Mr. Pearkes:

As I said a few minutes ago, the vehicle is in the final stages of its development. When that development has been completed, if the decision is taken by the government to acquire this vehicle, as I certainly hope it will be if it comes up to expectations, then we shall go into production. At the present time it is too early to say exactly how many we should require, but it would be in the order of the magnitude of a couple of hundred or more.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENCE
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