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 4 of 790)


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:

Who said that?

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August 5, 1960

Mr. Pearkes:

I should like to assure the hon. member that in no way do I question his sincerity in connection with this particular amendment. While there has always been a lot of leeway under the first item for discussion in committee, when it comes to a question of how the money which is in this vote is allotted, you have only to turn to page 290 where the details of this vote are given to see the personnel employed under this particular vote and to realize that this amendment would mean the complete disruption of the whole of national defence headquarters. It would be impossible for the department to carry on if this vote were reduced to $1. If the hon. gentleman wishes to deal with Bomarc particularly-

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August 5, 1960

Mr. Pearkes:

No, we certainly are not defenceless as far as civil defence equipment is concerned. We have a large quantity on order and as funds become available and as the equipment becomes available we are obtaining some.

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August 5, 1960

Mr. Pearkes:

Yes, there is a limitation on the number of pilots for the obvious reason that we would not wish to have too many pilots from these important commercial companies serving with the auxiliary squadrons.

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