May 26, 1939

CON

Grote Stirling

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STIRLING:

Would the minister

explain this considerable reduction?

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LIB

Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

I shall have the officer

here in a moment, but my recollection is that an adjustment of the work between the branches of the department reduced the number of employees that come under this particular vote.

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CON

Grote Stirling

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STIRLING:

In general terms would

the minister describe the work .under the reorganization of the department which comes upder the heading "engineering and construction?"

Questions

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LIB

Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

In the department we

have this branch of surveys and engineering. Members of the committee may recall that the department was doing considerable work in road construction.

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CON
LIB

Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

Within the parks; and also what was known as the Big Bend section of the trans-Canada highway in British Columbia. Under an arrangement made some years ago, the federal government undertook to build1 the section of the road between Donald and Revelstoke. That was done by the department. The work has not been done by contract ever since it started. The same procedure was followed in connection with the Banff-Jasper road. Then there is the construction work which is going on continuously within the parks.

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CON

Grote Stirling

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STIRLING:

This engineering service is for work done in the parks? I thought that was done under the parks vote?

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LIB

Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

No; the engineering work is done under the surveys and engineering branch.

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CON
LIB

Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

Yes. And that, with the other items I have mentioned, explains the purpose of this vote.

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Item agreed to. Surveys and engineering branch. 152. International Boundary Commission, $30,800.


CCF

Angus MacInnis

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. MacINNIS:

How many members are there on this commission, and who are the Canadian members?

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LIB

Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

We have one representative on this International Boundary Commission, and he has a small staff. This has to do largely with the maintenance of the markers on the boundary and the settlement of questions relating to the international boundary. In some instances, where the boundary line passes through areas which have been forested, the line between the two countries has been cleared for a certain width. In certain places that requires some attention every year. There are other parts where the monuments which are set up at stated intervals to indicate the boundary line have to be restored or renewed. This commission is an international commission in the sense that the United States have a representative on it, and these two representatives are the ones who carry on this work.

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CCF

Angus MacInnis

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. MacINNIS:

Who is the Canadian representative?

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LIB

Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

Mr. N. J. Ogilvie.

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Item agreed to. Progress reported. At eleven o'clock the house adjourned, without question put, pursuant to standing order. Monday, May 29, 1939


May 26, 1939