May 29, 1939

LIB

Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

I am informed that some assistance was given two years ago.

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CON

William Kemble Esling

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ESLING:

I understand from the minister that the construction of mining roads is carried on at points designated and recommended by the provincial ministers of mines.

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LIB

Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

After approval by the

department at Ottawa.

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CON

William Kemble Esling

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ESLING:

But the recommendation

must first come from the province.

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LIB

Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

Yes.

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George Halsey Perley

Air. PERLEY:

What was this vote last year, and what portion was expended in Saskatchewan? The mining development in northern Saskatchewan is quite important. I am in favour of this vote because I believe the Saskatchewan government will do its share to develop the area in the northern part of the province. The minister said that about 30,000 new jobs had been created in the last two years, and I should like to know how many were created in northern Saskatchewan,

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LIB

Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

I cannot answer that question specifically. Metal mining in Saskatchewan is something that has developed only in the last few years. There is one important development on the north shore of lake Atha-baska at Goldfields, where the Consolidated Mining and Smelting Company is about ready to go into operation. Then in the Lac la Ronge district there are some promising prospects of which the geological reports are quite good. Assistance is being given to open a road into that particular area. I am not in position to say just how many jobs have been created in Saskatchewan, the estimate I gave being in reference to the whole country. .

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George Halsey Perley

Mr. PERLEY:

How much was spent last year in Saskatchewan? [DOT]

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LIB

Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

A total of $125,000.

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George Halsey Perley

Mr. PERLEY:

And did the provincial government spend another $125,000?

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LIB

Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

The provincial government put up half of that amount. The expenditure is on the basis of two dollars federal and one dollar provincial.

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LIB

Malcolm McLean

Liberal

Mr. McLEAN (Melfort):

I should like to see consideration given to building the Nipa-win-Flin Flon road. This road leads into an important mining territory, and it would be a first class potential tourist road because it might go near the Nipawin provincial park, a fine scenic, camping and fishing area. I

believe the minister is familiar with the applications that have been made for some years past for the development of this road.

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LIB

Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

Representations in regard to this particular project have been made for several years past. Arrangements have been completed with the Saskatchewan government to send a survey party over the proposed route to make an estimate of the cost. Any action that will follow will depend upon the reports we get.

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CON

William Kemble Esling

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ESLING:

With the minister's interest in the development of mining properties and the creation of employment, I wonder if he will not have a chat with the Minister of Labour (Mr. Rogers) and the Minister of Finance (Mr. Dunning) for the purpose of seeing if some of this money cannot be used to create employment for the innumerable silver miners who are now out of employment. There are very many silver properties in the Slocan district which are closed because the price of silver does not warrant operation. The Minister of Labour thinks it is a matter for the Minister of Finance; the Minister of Finance thinks it is a matter of government policy and that assistance is hardly warranted from a financial point of view. But these miners make the proposal that the government assist them only on such silver producing properties as were opened in 1939, and they ask for that assistance by way of an increased price of silver. But it does not necessarily have to be an increased price of silver. It can be assistance in any way the government pleases, just the same kind of assistance, if they like, that they have been giving to salt fish, cheese, coal mines and so forth. The government is not asked to put out one dollar until these men have put in a good deal of preliminary work and have incurred preliminary expenses in exploring, drilling and so on, and with all this money to spend it does seem that it would be practicable for the government to encourage the development of these new properties, thereby putting many men to work. The minister says that 30,000 men were given employment by the opening up of new properties last year through the assistance given in mining operations. That number might be materially added to if assistance were given to these silver producing properties. There is no expenditure asked to be made by the government until these miners have first spent their efforts and their money in finding new properties and opening them up.

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CON

Howard Charles Green

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GREEN:

Is any of this money to be spent on the Monkman pass highway from the Peace river into British Columbia?

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LIB

Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

No.

Supply-M ines-Geology

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CON

Howard Charles Green

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GREEN:

Is provision made for that highway under any other vote?

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LIB

Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

There might be, to the extent of making a survey. Any vote in this department out of which such assistance could come would not be this vote for assistance in provision of transportation facilities into mining areas, because certainly the road mentioned does not come in that category. There is another item in the estimates for assistance, on the same basis as last year, in the development of tourist roads, but that we can discuss when we come to it.

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René-Antoine Pelletier

Social Credit

Mr. PELLETIER:

Did the minister say that he wished to have the Monkman pass highway discussed under another vote?

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LIB

Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

Whatever that road may be it is certainly not a road into a mining area, and it does not get a dollar out of this vote.

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May 29, 1939