That the Government of Canada be urged to adopt the Red Ensign as the National flag of Canada.
To make it compulsory for civilian planes flying in sparsely settled areas to carry a radio homing device.
That the Children of War Dead Act be amended to include vocational or technical training.
That a Canadian National Sweepstake be approved and that the Criminal Code be amended accordingly.
That the Government of Canada provide a means whereby the expert opinions of the heads of Canada’s Armed Forces on controversies on defence matters may be made known to the public.
That the Government of Canada continue to support the United Nations and full partnership in NATO, NORAD and the Commonwealth of Nations.
That the Last Post Fund be asked to prepare and distribute instructions on procedure to all members of the Fund.
Establishment of a Defence Committee to study matters of importance to Canada’s Defence, and to make recommendations and originate information releases to general membership.
That a committee be formed to recommend a suitable memorial to the late Air Marshal William (Billy) Bishop, V.C.
That National Headquarters obtain a suitably designed road-sign insignia to be erected at entrances to cities and towns where Wings of the Association are located.
That the Government of Canada amend the Public Service Pensions Adjustment Act to eliminate unfair penalties now suffered by retired personnel and to revise the rates of pension to those who retired some years ago.
1965 – 14th Annual General Meeting (Charlottetown)
RESOLUTION 1-9 — Submitted by Ontario Group: “RESOLVED that the Canadian Government be requested to provide a means whereby the method of voting will not disclose the political party or parties to which the services as a whole have given their support through the medium of the secret ballot, which each of the individuals has deposited. in the same manner as that enjoyed by other professions.”
RESOLUTION 2-15 — Submitted by Ontario Group: “RESOLVED, that an RCAF display team similar to the Golden Hawks be formed in 1965 and in subsequent years to demonstrate to the people of Canada the high standard of flying and technical skills possessed by personnel of the RCAF.”
RESOLUTION 4-5 — Submitted by Ontario Group: “RESOLVED, that at least 6 months Termination of Service Notice be given to RCAF personnel on their release or retirement from the Service.”
RESOLUTION 6-11 — Submitted by Ontario Group: “RESOLVED, that all Service personnel prior to compulsory retirement be retrained to prepare them for civilian employment.”
RESOLUTION 10-10 — Submitted by Ontario Group: “RESOLVED, that the Minister of National Defence take the necessary steps to see to it that Canada contributes its fair share to the maintenance of the forces of NATO.”
RESOLUTION 11-8 — Submitted by Ontario Group: “RESOLVED, that this Association recommends to the Minister of National Defence the separate identities of the three Services be retained and that a deputy chief be appointed to be in charge of each Service.”
RESOLUTION 12-14 — Submitted by Ontario Group: “RESOLVED, that no further or curtailments of RCAF Auxiliary Squadrons be undertaken until a specific overall defence plan is made available to the Canadian public.
RESOLUTION 13-7 — Submitted by Ontario Group: “RESOLVED, that Canada maintain forces in the NORAD system commensurate with her fair share of responsibility and to this end that the interceptor squadrons formerly located at North Bay and Ottawa be reinstituted.”
RESOLUTION 20 — Submitted by No. 502 (Brandon) Wing through Manitoba N.W. Ontario Group: “RESOLVED, that the RCAF be requested to give consideration, where practical, to the institution of a “flypast” where Battle of Britain ceremonies are taking place.”
RESOLUTION 3-2. 1.3.4. — Submitted by No. 500 (Winnipeg) Wing through Manitoba N.W. Ontario Group — one resolution from Atlantic Group and two from Alberta Group expressing precisely the same concern were combined with this resolution: “RESOLVED, that the RCAF Association request the Minister of Veterans
Affairs to ensure that the hospitalization rights of veterans, as presently recognized by legislation and practice, be fully guaranteed in event Veterans’ Hospitals are taken over by other agencies of any kind.”
RESOLUTION 8-12 — Submitted by No. 406 (North Bay) Wing through Ontario Group: “RESOLVED, that the Government of Canada be urged to amend Section 13 (2) of the Pension Act to permit Regular Service personnel who are injured or disabled while serving outside Canada, or on the high seas, to qualify for pensions on the same basis as Veterans of World War II, and to award pensions to widows and dependants of Regular Force personnel killed while serving in designated operational areas.”
RESOLUTION 9-13 — Submitted by No. 437 (York) Wing through Ontario Group: “RESOLVED, that the RCAF Association urge the Government of Canada to amend the Service requirements under the War Veterans Allowance Act to include all qualified war veterans who volunteered for Active Service, regardless of whether or not such service was in an actual Theatre of War.”
The success of the Association over the years in convincing the Government to act on its resolutions has resulted in significant achievements. This year was no exception, after acting on several in-house resolutions on various procedural and administrative matters the convention approved resolutions to:
Approach the Government of Canada to change the period of calculation governing superannuation for the Canadian Armed Forces from 6 to 3 years.
Advocate to the Government of Canada that the Coat-of-Arms of Canada be continued in its present usage and form.
Urge and encourage the government to continue to participate in NATO and NORAD at a significant level and certainly not less than the present involvement.
Call on the government of Canada to reappraise its recruitment, training and career policies for the Canadian Armed Forces with the objective of establishing clearly identifiable Air Force, Army and Navy components within the Forces; and make every effort to ensure that serving personnel be given the opportunity to develop a career pattern within their chosen component.
Call on the Government of Canada to make available more funds and resources for the improvement of airfields in the remote areas of Canada.
Call on the Government of Canada to take all possible steps to improve the overall quality of civilian air services in Canada on a competitive basis, and direct the appropriate regulatory bodies to ensure that there is a fair competitive atmosphere both in the rates charged for air travel and in the access by competent carriers to routes that are attractive in terms of density and geography.
Compliment the Department of National Defence for its decision to permit enlargement of Canada’s air reserve force and encourage the Government to ensure that adequate funding is available to enable the air reserves to expand to meet their increased responsibilities.
Call on the Government of Canada to undertake a research and development program for the development of an effective remote piloted air reconnaissance vehicle which could be used in military and/or civilian air reconnaissance roles.
Call on the Government of Canada to take steps to ensure that the military and civilian roles of the proposed long range patrol aircraft for Maritime Command be taken into account in the design and procurement of sensor and other equipment, and to ensure that this aircraft had adequate capability to fulfill our sovereignty, and environmental and defence roles.
Commend the Government of Canada and particularly the Ministry of Transport for the innovative action in implementing a trial short take-off and landing project between the cities of Ottawa and Montreal and record that the Association fully supports the permanent establishment of STOL services in all areas where it is feasible and practical.
Encourage the Minister of National Defence to extend limited service air travel privileges to departmental employees on leave, who are Canadian citizens at CFB Europe for a period of at least two years.