June 27, 1934

MONTREAL BRIDGE TOLLS


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Vincent Dupuis

Liberal

Mr. VINCENT DUPUIS (Laprairie-Napier-ville):

Mr. Speaker, during the session of 1930 the Hon. R. B. Bennett, then leader of the opposition, speaking on the question of the Caughnawaga bridge bill in the House of Commons said in Hansard, 1930, vol. Ill, page 2794:

A bridge is nothing more than a part of the king's highway projected over a stream or a gully or whatever it may be, and that highway in principle is free for use to all the king's subjects. The toll idea is very much exploded as far as the general use of highways is concerned, and has been for years.

About a month ago a large number of petitions was tendered to the hon. Minister of Marine (Mr. Duranleau) asking, not for the abolition of a toll on bridges, but for a reduction of tolls on the harbour bridge and the Victoria bridge, as this had been promised by the minister himself previous to his election. I wish to know from him if he has now a report to give to the house on this matter in view of the fact that he told the house he would soon have a report to make on the harbour bridge and the Victoria bridge.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Right Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Prime Minister):

I will answer because the question is directed to an observation that I made in this house, and was intended for that purpose or not at all. What I said on that occasion I repeat. I have no doubt about the desirability of highways being free, and bridges are but highways, but it well may be that those who have control of that matter have concluded that another policy may be better adapted to their conditions. When the government of Quebec made it a toll bridge they did it for reasons which undoubtedly seemed good to them, and it is not my province to question the soundness of their judgment in that regard.

With respect to the harbour bridge in Montreal, I think the hon. member as a party man would be rather sorry he mentioned it because he realizes that it costs this country several hundred thousand dollars a year, and the question of tolls was a matter of contract in connection with the construction of the bridge. The city of Montreal and the province of Quebec are both making contributions to that annually to enable the deficit for that

Montreal Bridge Tolls

bridge to be met, and any action by this government to free it from tolls would undoubtedly, unless some arrangement were arrived at, release the guarantors from their obligations and release the payment of bonuses. Therefore, we are not free to do as we would like until such time as adjustments have been made both with the city of Montreal and the province of Quebec.

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LIB

Vincent Dupuis

Liberal

Mr. DUPUIS:

May I say to the Prime

Minister that both bridges were in the same condition previous to the elections. He came into my riding of Laprairie-Napierville and promised that.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Oh, no.

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LIB
CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

They have been reduced; the tolls on the harbour bridge have been reduced by consent.

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LIB

COMMEMORATIVE STAMPS


On the orders of the day.


LIB

Peter John Veniot

Liberal

Hon. PETER VENIOT (Gloucester):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Postmaster General (Mr. Sauve). I understand he is unavoidably absent so perhaps my question will be placed on Hansard to be answered to-morrow. I should like to know if the Post Office Department has given any consideration to the issuing of a commemorative stamp in connection with the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the founding of New Brunswick.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Right Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Prime Minister):

A new stamp has been issued

but I should like this matter to stand until the Postmaster General (Mr. Sauve) makes a statement.

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WINDSOR RADIO STATION


On the orders of the day:


LIB

William Daum Euler

Liberal

Hon. W. D. EULER (North Waterloo):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask the Minister of Marine (Mr. Duranleau) whether a new licence has been issued to the radio station in Windsor following the order in council passed some considerable time ago which provided for a lease between the radio commission and this station.

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CON

Alfred Duranleau (Minister of Fisheries; Minister of Marine)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. ALFRED DURANLEAU (Minister of Marine):

I think an arrangement has been

made, but I have received no definite report from the radio commission.

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LIB

William Daum Euler

Liberal

Mr. EULER:

Would the minister say if

it is the intention of the commission to carry out that agreement after the close of the session?

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CON

Alfred Duranleau (Minister of Fisheries; Minister of Marine)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DURANLEAU:

I cannot answer for

the commission at the present time.

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June 27, 1934