May 28, 1940

LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Munitions and Supply; Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. HOWE:

We have produced in Canada all the mobile equipment that goes with a division, in fact two divisions-some 9,000 vehicles, of which 7,000 are of the type of armoured car my hon. friend has in mind. We also have production of universal carriers for carrying machine guns and other equipment that go with a division. We have manufactured in this country and have a very large production of all the mechanized equipment of a division apart from tanks.

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CON

Agar Rodney Adamson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ADAMSON:

That would include Bren gun carriers?

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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Munitions and Supply; Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. HOWE:

Yes. We have a contract for 600, and while we have yet to turn out the first, we are very close to production.

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NAT

Douglas King Hazen

National Government

Mr. HAZEN:

I should like to ask a question of the minister having to do with members of the Canadian active service force going on leave. I understand that when they go on leave, they are provided with a warrant that permits them to travel at half fare. That would be perfectly satisfactory so far as the members of the force are concerned when they have to travel only a short distance. But in the case of a man located, say, in Ottawa, who, when he gets leave, has to go to Saint John, or Halifax, or Timmins, Ontario, with the warrant that he gets he is obliged to pay from $15 to $20 for his transportation. In the case of a married man, who, I understand, draws about $19 a month, this may work a great hardship. I am also informed, although I do not know whether the information is correct, that when a man goes on leave, he is unable to obtain an advance from the paymaster of his unit. Will the minister state whether that is so; also, whether any consideration has been given by the minister to the provision of free transportation to men going on leave prior to proceeding overseas?

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NAT

George James Tustin

National Government

Mr. TUSTIN:

I wish to say a word along the same line.

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LIB

James Layton Ralston (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. RALSTON:

I thought possibly the

committee had almost finished. If I could, I should like to report the bill to-night, although of course there is no intention to rush it. I was going to suggest that as the committee of supply will still have the main estimates of the Department of National Defence to consider, I would think, without making a ruling on it, that almost anything could be discussed on the question of the salary of the Minister of National Defence, if on no other

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item. So if the discussion is about through, and if hon. members are willing, I would be very glad if the bill could be reported. However, I see it is five minutes after eleven.

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NAT

George James Tustin

National Government

Mr. TUSTIN:

I wish to say a word about the same matter that the hon. member for St. John-Albert spoke about. I have received to-day three protests along the same line from my constituency. No doubt the Minister of National Defence knows that there are a great many men located at the city of Kingston or at Barriefield. My home is on highway No. 2, and they pass by there in great numbers. Last Saturday there was a torrential rain all day long, and there were actually hundreds of soldiers thumbing their way along that highway. I have had three protests to-day from my home town and that district asking me to take this matter up with the Minister of National Defence, with the object of assuring in future that the men receive free transportation from the Canadian National Railways which is owned by the people of this country.

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LIB

Norman McLeod Rogers (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. ROGERS:

I shall be glad to take a note of the question. I believe that the first hon. member who spoke, correctly stated the present position with respect to transportation warrants. My strong impression is that in this respect we have followed the practice which was established in the last war. It does not apply in England, where transportation warrants are given to those who are on leave.

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NAT

John Ritchie MacNicol

National Government

Mr. MacNICOL:

The distances in England are very short.

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LIB

Norman McLeod Rogers (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. ROGERS:

Yes.

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Section agreed to. Section 6 agreed to. Bill reported. On motion of Mr. Ralston the house adjourned at 11.06 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, 1940.


May 28, 1940