The proposed Canadian Mutual Aid Programme for 1958-59 introduces no new principles in
programme planning. It is designed to fit into the Canadian defence and production pattern as
well as to supply important European NATO defence needs. The $130,000,000 programme is of
the same value as the programme for 1957-58 and provision has been included in this amount in
the 1958-59 Estimates.
The proposed 1958-59 Mutual Aid Programme totalling $130,000,000 provides for;
the NATO aircrew training programme at an estimated cost of $9,000,000, which is based on
the completion of the Canadian commitment for NATO aircrew training in 1958, together with
the estimated costs of training aircrew for Norway, Holland and Denmark less token payments
which will be made by these countries for this training. No cost is included for training German
pilots as the extra costs in this connection will be met by payments from Germany;
carryover of $1,500,000 on previously approved items of direct production for Mutual Aid
including transportation costs on shipments to Turkey, no amount is provided for new items;
equipment that can be made available from Canadian Service stocks estimated at
estimated contributions of $21,500,000 for NATO infrastructure and military budgets.
Some of the main items included in the 1958-59 Programme are as follows:
|(a) T33 aircraft and spares
|(b) Sabre V aircraft and spares
|The only countries likely to bid for these aircraft are Turkey and Greece to which Canada has already
transferred earlier models with U.S. engines which have been maintained by the U.S. The Sabre V's have orenda
engines and Canada would have to assume responsibility for their support. This would involve additional
administrative problems and a continuing cost of approximately $500,000 per year. It is not proposed to offer these
aircraft until further exploratory talks are held with SHAPE to clarify the need for them.|
|To cover the transfer to Norway of ships which have been on loan to that country.|
|(d) Algerine minesweepers
|These ships are no longer required by the RCN. The valuation used includes refit costs to make the ships
available for Mutual Aid at an estimated expenditure in the order of $500,000 per ship if done by outside contract.
In addition there would be an outlay of approximately $33,000 per ship to make up deficiencies in stores and
equipment. Preliminary enquiries indicate that Belgium and Denmark would be interested in two ships each.|
The cash expenditures involved in the implementation of this programme are approximately
$45,000,000 and cover (a) expenditures on Infrastructure and Military Budgets; (b) expenditures
by the Services in the overhaul, etc., and shipment of equipment to seaboard; and (c) NATO
A more detailed list of the main items included in the programme is attached.
I recommend approval of this programme.42
42 Approuvé par le Comité du Cabinet sur
la défense le 28avril 1958. Après un exposé oral fait par le ministre de la Défense
nationale, George Pearkes, le 8mai 1958, le Cabinet prend note avec
approbation du programme d'aide mutuelle pour 1958-1959.
Approved by the Cabinet Defence Committee on April 28, 1958. After on oral presentation by National
Defence Minister George Pearkes on May8, 1958, Cabinet noted with approval the
Mutual Aid program for 1958-1959.