On the order of motions:
lion. J. L. RALSTON (Minister of National Defence): Mr. Speaker, I have an announcement with regard to the army which I consider sufficiently important to make at this time. I have to inform the house that Lieutenant-General H. D. G. Crerar, CD., D.S.O., has been appointed to command the First Canadian Army. General Crerar took over this morning from Lieutenant-General Kenneth Stuart, C.B., D.S.O., M.C. Lieutenant-General Stuart is chief of staff at Canadian military headquarters, and has also been holding temporarily the post, of army commander, in which he has given exceptionally fine service. General Stuart will continue in his substantive post as chief of staff at Canadian military headquarters. General Crerar, along with his own wide experience and his high qualities as a soldier, becomes heir to the results of the labours of General McNaughton and the tens of thousands of officers and men who, like him, have worked unselfishly to bring the army organization to effective battle worthiness.
I have already placed on record in Hansard the recognition and deep appreciation of the government and the people of Canada, as expressed by the Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King) himself, of the outstanding service which General McNaughton has rendered to the army and to Canada as commander of the First Division, the Canadian Corps, and then the First Canadian Army.
I cabled General Crerar last night expressing every confidence in his leadership, and in the determination and fighting qualities of the army under his command. At the same time I sent to him and to them the heartfelt wishes of all Canadians for great success. I am sure that the house and the country will join very heartily in that expression of confidence and sincere good wishes.