Mr. M. J. COLDWELL (Rosetown-Biggar):
I should like to ask a question of the Minister of National Defence. I regret that owing to
some misunderstanding in my office yesterday notice of this question did not reach the minister until a few minutes ago.
I wish to draw the attention of the government to a Canadian press dispatch dated Winnipeg, April 1, in which Mr. S. G. Blaylock, president and managing director of Consolidated Mining and Smelting company, stated that an armoured tank carrying four machine guns and six rifles is ready for instant action at his company's smelting plant at Trail, British Columbia. I would ask if this tank is owned by and under the control of the Department of National Defence. If so, upon what conditions is it loaned to the company and, if not, is it the policy of the government to allow private organizations to own fully equipped tanks armed with rifles and machine guns for instant use?