regard to the argument that the manufacture of armaments should be given to workmen of the idle shops of the Canadian National Railways, I can see no reason whatsoever why those workingmen should receive any more consideration than the workingmen of closed factories in Brantford and many other cities of this dominion.
There are many plants in Canada, I am sure, which have equipment just as good as the equipment in the shops of the Canadian National Railways. If any orders for armaments are being given, the closed factories in the city of Brantford should receive just as much consideration as the idle shops of the Canadian National Railways.
While I sympathize to a certain extent with the views expressed by the leader of the opposition and other members on the other side of the house, nevertheless I do know that considerable military equipment is made in Canada, especially woollen military cloth, which is made in Brantford. Very good tartans are now being made in Brantford and other parts of Canada, and being a Scotsman I do not like to have to pay a duty on kilts.
Regarding the statement that $30,000,000 would build plants and arsenals, I can hardly imagine that amount would build sufficient plant to turn out any quantity of armaments or any variety of guns. Other nations have been in this business much longer than we have. Great Britain, for example, is manufacturing a tremendous quantity of armaments and munitions. They are not being manufactured in government-owned arsenals-