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


Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Munitions and Supply)



I know nothing about it. Of course airports are required for various purposes. At first we were selecting ports suitable for Trans-Canada Air Lines. Then at the same time ports were being 'chosen which were considered suitable as operational ports. The number of training schools has been steadily increased. We had a programme to start with that called for certain airports. We have since had a number of calls to provide additional airports. I believe the British schools required some thirty airports that were never dreamed of when the original programme was drawn up. Naturally the best airports are selected first. We have conducted surveys of locations; I know there are at present dozens of these surveys on file in the Department of Transport. As I say, the best, those that were cheapest and obviously most satisfactorily located, were chosen first. As those were taken up, the next most satisfactory had their turn, so it is quite possible that an airport might have been passed over when the first choice was being made, but that the time would come when it would be the best of those still available.

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