March 21, 1935

CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS


On the orders of the day:


CON

Felix Patrick Quinn

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. F. P. QUINN (Halifax):

Mr. Speaker, before the orders of the day are called I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Railways and Canals. My attention has been called to the fact that the steamer Canadian Highlander of the Canadian Government Merchant Marine has been dry-docked and repaired in an American shipyard, and it is also proposed to have similar work done on the steamer Canadian Britisher. My

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question is: Why is this work not being performed in the shipyards at Halifax or Saint John?

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Subtopic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Sub-subtopic:   DRYDOCKING OF CANADIAN GOVERNMENT MERCHANT MARINE SHIPS AT UNITED STATES PORTS
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LIB

Joseph Philippe Baby Casgrain

Liberal

Mr. CASGRAIN:

Or Quebec?

Hon. R. J. MANIOlN (Minister of Railways and Canals): Mr. Speaker, this matter was drawn to my attention by the hon. member and also by telegrams from a couple of gentlemen interested in the question both from the standpoint of the Canadian dry-docks and the standpoint of the eastern section of Canada. I made inquiries, because I was rather shocked to receive the messages. However, I am informed by the management of the Canadian National Railways, who are also, of course, the management of the Canadian Government Merchant Marine, that it has always been their practice to have these ships repaired in the Canadian dry docks. At the present time they state however that both the drydock at Saint John and that at Halifax are tied up; they are occupied until dates beyond those which would suit the sailings of these ships. Full cargoes for Australia and Neiw Zealand are ordered for these ships, and those sending the cargoes insist, of course, that they leave on the scheduled date.

Perhaps the best procedure would be to read the telegram sent me by Mr. Fullerton, but I have given in brief the answer made by the Canadian National Railways and the Canadian Government Merchant Marine. I sent to Mr. Fullerton copies of the telegrams I had received, and I had asked him for an explanation. We felt, naturally, that in these days of unemployment the Canadian shipyards should be occupied, unless there was some very good reason to the contrary. His reply dated yesterday, from the city of Montreal, is as follows:

Your telegram of this date. Canadian Highlander was put into dry dock at New York which is port of call for this ship-

The Canadian Highlander is the first of the ships to which the hon. member referred. The telegram continues:

-for two days for survey and underwater painting on account of dry dock at Halifax which is her home port and the only Canadian port at which she calls being occupied until end! of April. Britisher will arrive new York-

This is the other ship to which reference was made-

-on 22nd and requires Canadian government survey, this voyage which will involve docking for twenty-four hours. Our Cornwallis goes in dock Saint John 25th for annual survey and repairs, and dry dock cannot take Britisher until 27th which is too late as she is scheduled

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to sail from Halifax on 28th and it is imperative that she leave earliest possible date. I am advised that this is first occasion in five years that any of our ships have been dry docked at an American port. This situation arises due to fact that eastern Canadian Atlantic dry docks filled to capacity. Owing to increased volume of exports to Australia and New Zealand and numerous requests from Canadian exporters for prompt dispatch, these vessels must remain as near to schedule dates as possible. It is of course our settled policy to give all of our repair work to Canadian dry docks.

C. P. Fullerton.

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Subtopic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Sub-subtopic:   DRYDOCKING OF CANADIAN GOVERNMENT MERCHANT MARINE SHIPS AT UNITED STATES PORTS
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LIB

Samuel William Jacobs

Liberal

Mr. JACOBS:

Is that emergency work, or is it merely the painting of the ship?

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Subtopic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Sub-subtopic:   DRYDOCKING OF CANADIAN GOVERNMENT MERCHANT MARINE SHIPS AT UNITED STATES PORTS
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CON

Robert James Manion (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MANION:

They are resurveys which are ordered by the insurance companies at certain times.

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Subtopic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
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LIB

William Duff

Liberal

Mr. DUFF:

It is the annual inspection, is it not?

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CON

Robert James Manion (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MAJNION:

Yes, the annual inspection; I believe they sometimes call them resurveys. Since receiving these telegrams I have indicated to the management that it appears to me if at all possible they should so regulate the time1 of the resurveys, or what is termed by the hon. member-

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LIB

William Duff

Liberal

Mr. DUFF:

They must take place every twelve months; annual inspection.

Mr. MANIOlN: Yes, it is annual inspection. I have indicated; that they should endeavour to arrange the dates of the annual inspections so that they may always use our Canadian docks. The Canadian people are paying a pretty heavy subsidy, by way of deficit, on these boats.

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Subtopic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Sub-subtopic:   DRYDOCKING OF CANADIAN GOVERNMENT MERCHANT MARINE SHIPS AT UNITED STATES PORTS
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CON

Thomas Cantley

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. THOMAS CANTLEY (Pictou):

Mr. Speaker, I know of no reason why this inspection could not have taken place earlier. It is an outrage to have these ships going to American ports to be repaired. If the people in control of the fleet had had a little forethought that ship might have been put into order a month ago.

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Subtopic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order.

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Subtopic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Sub-subtopic:   DRYDOCKING OF CANADIAN GOVERNMENT MERCHANT MARINE SHIPS AT UNITED STATES PORTS
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CON

Thomas Cantley

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CANTLEY:

Before her present voyage, or if application had been made to the classification society they would have granted the needed delay of a month or even three months.

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Subtopic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Sub-subtopic:   DRYDOCKING OF CANADIAN GOVERNMENT MERCHANT MARINE SHIPS AT UNITED STATES PORTS
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BUTTER IMPORTATIONS


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Vincent Dupuis

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, before the orders of the day are called may I say that I have before me a bulletin of the federal bureau of statistics dated Wednesday, March 20, 1935, which indicates that in the last eleven months Canada imported 865,000 pounds of butter, of which quantity 530,000 were imported from Great Britain. In view of the fact that the United Kingdom generally imports butter I should like to know from the Minister of Agriculture why they are exporting to this country. Is it due to the fact that the butter is exported in transit, or are they producing more butter than they can consume? In view of the low price at which this commodity is selling this country is very much interested in these figures.

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Subtopic:   BUTTER IMPORTATIONS
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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order.

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Subtopic:   BUTTER IMPORTATIONS
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CON

Robert Weir (Minister of Agriculture)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. ROBERT WEIR (Minister of Agriculture) :

Mr. Speaker, I shall accept the hon. member's observations as notice of a question, and shall prepare an answer. It may be that the butter sent in is not for consumption.

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Subtopic:   BUTTER IMPORTATIONS
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GIFT OF APPLES


On the orders of the day:


CON

Eccles James Gott

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. E. J. GOTT (South Essex):

Mr. Speaker, before the orders of the day are called, although I have no desire to express any preference for any particular grade of apples, I think the thanks of this chamber should be expressed-

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Subtopic:   GIFT OF APPLES
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March 21, 1935