Hon. Brooke Claxton (Minister of National Defence):
Mr. Speaker, with the consent of the house I should like to read what I think hon. members will regard as a very fine message received from General MacArthur by the commanding officer of the squadron. General MacArthur said:
I cannot praise too highly the splendid efficiency of your command. Not only professionally but upon the broader basis of smooth co-operation with naval forces of other countries, your squadron has demonstrated the highest efficiency. I wish you would convey to your chief of the naval staff the pride I have in being associated with such a splendid command. I hope that before too long a time elapses the higher Canadian naval command can visit this area and by personal observation confirm my opinion of your forces.
Subtopic: MESSAGE FROM GENERAL MACARTHUR