Brooke Claxton (Minister of National Defence)
Hon. Brooke Claxlon (Minister of National Defence):
Mr. Speaker, following disciplinary troubles on several of the ships of the Royal Canadian Navy, I appointed a commission to investigate and report on the causes of these incidents and other related matters. The commission consisted of Rear Admiral E. R. Mainguy, O.B.E., chairman; Mr. L. W. Brock-ington, C.M.G., K.C., and Mr. Louis C. Audette, members. I believe everyone will agree that the reputations and personalities of the members of the commission created respect and inspired confidence.
The commission has made its report, and its recommendations are being examined. As the report itself points out, several of its recommendations had already been carried out before the report was made, and many others are well on the way to being implemented. Although the report might be regarded as confidential, it has been decided that in this case the general interest would be served by making its contents public. As hon. members have expressed interest, it would probably meet the wish of the house if a copy of the report were tabled.
I should like to take this opportunity of expressing warmest appreciation to the members of the inquiry. Each of the three members brought to this task outstanding qualifications. The report is a highly constructive and useful document of general interest, and it will be of great value in the work of developing the navy on sound lines. Its findings should prove invaluable in furthering the great reputation and traditions of the Canadian navy, earned so magnificently in time of war by its major contribution to victory at sea.
Subtopic: REPORT OF COMMISSION APPOINTED TO INVESTIGATE INCIDENTS ON CERTAIN SHIPS AND OTHER RELATED MATTERS