November 7, 1941 (19th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

Before the minister leaves the matter of selection of airports will he tell the house if there have been sites selected for airports which have been promoted, shall I say, on local considerations, condemned as being improper locations

and subsequently taken up? I have in mind now the Pennfield airport. I think it was discussed in this house in the first session of this parliament. I know I had the opinion that Pennfield would be a good location for an airport in the maritime provinces. During and after the discussion that took place in this house the hon. member for Charlotte (Mr. Hill), who was very much interested in the proposition, who knew as much as or perhaps more about it than I did, urged it and ventured to stake his reputation as an engineer-and he has some reputation-on the usefulness of this site, but it was condemned out of hand by the technical officers of the minister's department. The present deputy minister came to see me; his assistant, I think a Mr. McLean, came along with him, and they convinced me with the superior knowledge they had that they were right. I was therefore astonished when in the following year Pennfield was decided upon for development as an airport for the British trainees, and millions, I was going to say, have now been spent upon it. Perhaps the minister does not know about that situation, but it is one of which I have some knowledge.

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