May 26, 1919

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Charles Colquhoun Ballantyne (Minister of Marine and Fisheries; Minister of the Naval Service)

Unionist

Mr. BALLANTYNE:

During the war

only.

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Charles Colquhoun Ballantyne (Minister of Marine and Fisheries; Minister of the Naval Service)

Unionist

Mr. BALLANTYNE:

It has been handed back to the company, the Marconi Company, I believe.

Patrol of the northern waters of Canada, $40,000.

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John Howard Sinclair

Laurier Liberal

Mr. J. H. SINCLAIR:

What is being

done in these northern waters. Is this in connection with the Stefansson expedition?

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Charles Colquhoun Ballantyne (Minister of Marine and Fisheries; Minister of the Naval Service)

Unionist

Mr. BALLANTYNE:

This is to pay the balance incurred in connection with the ' Stefansson expedition that was sent north some years ago.

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Daniel Duncan McKenzie (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Laurier Liberal

Mr. McKENZIE:

Is the word "patrol" the proper word? Patrol has a certain significance, and I did not know there was any "patrol" of these waters.

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Charles Colquhoun Ballantyne (Minister of Marine and Fisheries; Minister of the Naval Service)

Unionist

Mr. BALLANTYNE:

I think the hon.

member's point is well taken. The word "patrol" should really not be there. This

amount is required in connection with the northern expedition that was fitted out at the expense of the Government in 1913. Mr. Stefansson's report is now under way, and' I understand from conversation I have had with him that it is going to be of considerable scientific and practical value to Canada.

Life saving stations, including of rewards for life saving, $100,0!00.

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John Howard Sinclair

Laurier Liberal

Mr. J. H. SINCLAIR:

Who is the superintendent of the life saving stations on the coast of the Maritime Provinces? Some two or three years ago Mr. Nickerson occupied the position of superintendent, and I would like to know who succeeded him.

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Charles Colquhoun Ballantyne (Minister of Marine and Fisheries; Minister of the Naval Service)

Unionist

Mr. BALLANTYNE:

No one was appointed to succeed Mr. Nickerson, and we have no officer performing his duties.

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John Howard Sinclair

Laurier Liberal

Mr. J. H. SINCLAIR:

I think it is very unsatisfactory that nobody should visit these stations.

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Charles Colquhoun Ballantyne (Minister of Marine and Fisheries; Minister of the Naval Service)

Unionist

Mr. BALLANTYNE:

I do not want to convey the impression that no one visits the stations. The officers of the Fishery Protection patrol, as they are in the vicinity, visit these life saving stations.

Royal Naval College of Canada, $100,000.

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Charles Colquhoun Ballantyne (Minister of Marine and Fisheries; Minister of the Naval Service)

Unionist

Mr. BALLANTYNE:

Yes.

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John Howard Sinclair

Laurier Liberal

Mr. J. H. SINCLAIR:

I am very glad to see it. I think it is a move in the right direction that the Royal Naval College should be supported. If we are going to have a Canadian navy, we must support the institution that teaches the boys the very important lessons necessary to give them a start. The accusation has been made against the department that they have not acknowledged young Canadians who have devoted their lives to the naval service. A considerable number of young men have been trained in the Naval College at Halifax. I am not familiar enough with the matter to say whether the charge is substantiated by the facts or not, but it is * that Canadian cadets who were trained in the Naval College were not given positions in the Canadian naval service during the war. I would like the minister to give me a list of the young men who were trained in the naval service and who were put in charge of Canadian vessels during the war.

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Charles Colquhoun Ballantyne (Minister of Marine and Fisheries; Minister of the Naval Service)

Unionist

Mr. BALLANTYNE:

I am very glad to hear the commendation of the hon. member regarding the Naval College cadets, a very large number of whom have joined the

Imperial service, and their record has been a most admirable one. The object of the present vote is to buy a site. It will not be sufficient to put up a good, modern, well equipped naval college, but it is sufficient for the time being, and next year we will probably come back for an additional amount.

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John Howard Sinclair

Laurier Liberal

Mr. J. H. SINCLAIR:

Is it true that none of these young men were employed by the minister in the Naval Service?

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Charles Colquhoun Ballantyne (Minister of Marine and Fisheries; Minister of the Naval Service)

Unionist

Mr. BALLANTYNE:

Yes, a few. I will be glad to send the hon. member a list that he has asked for. A large majority joined the Imperial Service in preference to the Canadian because they would see more active service and also get a better idea" of the duties of a naval officer.

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Charles Colquhoun Ballantyne (Minister of Marine and Fisheries; Minister of the Naval Service)

Unionist

Mr. BALLANTYNE:

At Halifax.

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May 26, 1919