Hon. George Hees (Minister of Veterans Affairs):
Mr. Speaker, on August 19 we will mark the 45th Anniversary of the Dieppe raid, the most grievous day of the Second World War for Canada. On that day, together with representatives of this House and the Senate, I will have the honour of accompanying back to Dieppe some of those who were part of that controversial and costly day.
Nearly 5,000 men of the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division sailed from England for Dieppe. Only 2,200 came back. There were 900 Canadian fatalities. For nearly 2,000 others, Dieppe meant that the rest of the war would be spent in prisoner of war camps.
Dieppe saw all three of our services in battle together for the first time. They represented our country nobly. The number of Canadian graves we will be visiting tell of a terrible mission.
Next Wednesday we will be paying tribute on behalf of Canada to those whose efforts made possible the gaining of
August 14, 1987
vitally important information which was invaluable to the success of the all-out invasion of Europe two years later.
Topic: HISTORIC EVENTS
Subtopic: FORTHY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF DIEPPE RAID