By reason of the Trans-
Canada Air Lines, British Columbia is now as near Ottawa as is Toronto. I would ask the minister to bear that in mind. Speaking seriously, these powers of the board can be properly exercised only if the board is representative of different parts of Canada. Consider, for example, section 6, giving the board power to supervise the carrying out of contracts; section 8, paragraph (a), giving it power to inquire as to defence requirements; and section 8, paragraph (c), giving it power to conduct a survey of industrial plants.
I would point out to the minister that British Columbia is probably more directly interested in this defence problem than any other part of Canada. We are concerned particularly with the defence requirements and with the carrying out of defence contracts. Many contracts have been let on the Pacific coast, and there will be many more in carrying out the plans of the government. I would also point out that British Columbia ranks as Canada's third largest industrial province, so that the matter of an industrial survey in that province is of great importance. I should like to have some assurance from the minister that there will be on this board representation from our province.
Subtopic: CREATION OF DEFENCE PURCHASING BOARD TO ENTER INTO CONTRACTS FOR MUNITIONS, EQUIPMENT, MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES