Mr. STEWART (Winnipeg North):
should like to shift the emphasis a little into the future. We assume that the estimates which have been presented to us are in line with our commitments or possible commitments to the united nations. Obviously we cannot defend ourselves alone. Our best hope of defence is in cooperation with other countries collectively; and yet I think it is equally obvious that we may not be able to defend ourselves at all with armies and with navies. We may hope that we can control technology, but that is merely a protestation of faith. Faith without good works is not of very much use to us.
On August. 6 our entire conception of military strategy was revolutionized. We then found out that armies could be wiped out and navies obliterated, because the scientist and the technician are now supreme.
The basic principles of strategy by which we fought for two thousand years went up in the smoke of Hiroshima, and I think not only our armies but our navies also are perhaps outmoded. The same may also be true of our air force. We are told that the atomic bomb is an experiment. Well, it was quite an experiment, if what we are told is true, that two hundred of those bombs have the power of devastation of two million tons of bombs such as we have known before. I say that our air force may be outmoded because the bomb
may conceivably be used as a rocket projectile ; and as the months and perhaps the years go by, greater skill will be foundi to direct that projectile with much greater accuracy. Obviously then to-day as far as defence goes we are in the hands of the scientist, and I should like to know what the minister is doing in this field. What is being done by the Department of National Defence to encourage the scientist? From the point of view of defence I think it would be a better investment to have two thousand scientists employed than ten times that number of men in the armed forces. What is being done to keep these men in Canada and to use them for the defence of Canada?
Topic: DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENCE (ARMY)