Mr. M. J. COLDWELL (Rosetown-Biggar):
Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question either to the Minister of National Defence or to the Prime Minister. I do so, not for the purpose of raising any controversy, but to place before the government the necessity of safeguarding Canada's place in the common war effort.
I understand that Canadian newspaper men were prevented from using the information that our first division had landed in Sicily. The Canadian Press dispatch from London last night states, under yesterday's date:
The Canadian first division which landed in Sicily last Saturday and now is fighting as part of Sir Bernard Montgomery's 8th army, has had more than three and a half years' training experience.
I am asking why announcements with respect to operations of the Canadian forces are made from London or from Washington. Does the Minister of National Defence not think that announcements regarding our Canadian commanders or Canadian troops should be made from Canada?
Subtopic: LANDING OPERATIONS IN SICILY-ANNOUNCEMENTS RESPECTING PARTICIPATION AND COMMAND