March 23, 1944

LIB

Thomas Vincent Grant

Liberal

Mr. GRANT:

Go ahead.

Topic:   PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
Subtopic:   COMMUNICATIONS WITH MAINLAND
Sub-subtopic:   SERVICE-LOSS OF SS. "CHARLOTTETOWN"
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NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

The leader of the opposition is allowed a little leeway.

Topic:   PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
Subtopic:   COMMUNICATIONS WITH MAINLAND
Sub-subtopic:   SERVICE-LOSS OF SS. "CHARLOTTETOWN"
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NAT

Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GRAYDON:

I may say, Mr. Speaker, that I debated with myself whether I should bring this up on a motion to adjourn the house. The situation is very serious, and I see there is some support from the other side. I am just coming to my question. What steps is the government taking to meeit this emergency?

Topic:   PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
Subtopic:   COMMUNICATIONS WITH MAINLAND
Sub-subtopic:   SERVICE-LOSS OF SS. "CHARLOTTETOWN"
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LIB

Joseph Enoil Michaud (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Hon. J. E. MICHAUD (Minister of Transport) :

Mr. Speaker, the hon. leader of the opposition was kind enough to send me advance notice of the question. It is true that on account of severe weather and ice conditions it has been difficult to maintain regular ferry communications across the strait of Northumberland with the only combined ice breaker and car ferry that we have at our disposal. During the latter part of January and for the better part of February it has been very difficult to maintain regular operation of the service. On some days it has taken between twelve and fourteen hours to make a single crossing of nine miles. However, lately conditions have changed for the better, and I am informed that yesterday there were twelve crossings between Cape Tormen-tine and the island and eleven crossings the day before. To relieve the situation with respect to the potatoes it has been decided to transfer merchandise from box cars to refrigerator cars at Cape Tormentine, thus adding to the supply of cars available for the winter shipment of potatoes. Until ice conditions are improved it is impossible to remedy the situation because there is only one combined ice breaker and car ferry in the whole service. When there is a change in the weather and ice conditions we will transfer one other car ferry from another section of the maritimes to help relieve the situation between Cape Tormentine and Prince Edward Island.

Topic:   PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
Subtopic:   COMMUNICATIONS WITH MAINLAND
Sub-subtopic:   SERVICE-LOSS OF SS. "CHARLOTTETOWN"
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NAT

Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GRAYDON:

Is it not true that last fall representations were made to the government by officials in the island asking that a ferry or ice breaker be transferred from some other

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part of Canada to operate in the Prince Edward Island service to avoid the very situation which has developed?

Topic:   PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
Subtopic:   COMMUNICATIONS WITH MAINLAND
Sub-subtopic:   SERVICE-LOSS OF SS. "CHARLOTTETOWN"
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LIB

Joseph Enoil Michaud (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. MICHAUD:

In the whole service there is only one combined ice breaker and car ferry. The possibility of using ice breakers to help open the channel for the Prince Edward Island ferry has been suggested, but the engineers have reported that it would be useless, because the Prince Edward Island is just as good as any other ice breaker that could be used in that locality.

Topic:   PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
Subtopic:   COMMUNICATIONS WITH MAINLAND
Sub-subtopic:   SERVICE-LOSS OF SS. "CHARLOTTETOWN"
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LIB

Joseph-Hermas Leclerc

Liberal

Mr. LECLERC:

How many cars can that ferry take on each trip?

Topic:   PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
Subtopic:   COMMUNICATIONS WITH MAINLAND
Sub-subtopic:   SERVICE-LOSS OF SS. "CHARLOTTETOWN"
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LIB

Joseph Enoil Michaud (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. MICHAUD:

The ferry would take twelve cars, I think.

Topic:   PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
Subtopic:   COMMUNICATIONS WITH MAINLAND
Sub-subtopic:   SERVICE-LOSS OF SS. "CHARLOTTETOWN"
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NAT

Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GRAYDON:

Last week 500 cars were supposed to have been tied up.

Topic:   PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
Subtopic:   COMMUNICATIONS WITH MAINLAND
Sub-subtopic:   SERVICE-LOSS OF SS. "CHARLOTTETOWN"
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NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson

National Government

Hon. R. B. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

I

desire to direct a question to the Minister of Transport of which I have given him notice. A press report from Halifax, under date of March 20, indicates that the inquiry into the loss of the car ferry Charlottetown off Nova Scotia in 1941 is to be reopened. Is the report correct, and if so, what is the reason for this action? Has any new evidence been made available?

Topic:   PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
Subtopic:   COMMUNICATIONS WITH MAINLAND
Sub-subtopic:   SERVICE-LOSS OF SS. "CHARLOTTETOWN"
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LIB

Joseph Enoil Michaud (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. MICHAUD:

A rehearing of the inquiry is to take place on petition of the captain of the former Charlottetown, as authorized under section 569 of the Canada Shipping Act. In the petition it is stated that new and important evidence which it had been impossible to disclose at the first inquiry has been discovered, and that the captain felt that on that account a miscarriage of justice had taken place with respect to himself.

Topic:   PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
Subtopic:   COMMUNICATIONS WITH MAINLAND
Sub-subtopic:   SERVICE-LOSS OF SS. "CHARLOTTETOWN"
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NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

Is the captain not asking for an increase in his pension? Is that not the main objective?

Topic:   PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
Subtopic:   COMMUNICATIONS WITH MAINLAND
Sub-subtopic:   SERVICE-LOSS OF SS. "CHARLOTTETOWN"
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LIB

Joseph Enoil Michaud (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. MICHAUD:

I do not know what is the objective. I can only judge by what is stated in the petition.

Topic:   PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
Subtopic:   COMMUNICATIONS WITH MAINLAND
Sub-subtopic:   SERVICE-LOSS OF SS. "CHARLOTTETOWN"
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BOMBING OF ROME

REQUEST FOR STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT POLICY


On the orders of the day:


IND

Frédéric Dorion

Independent

Mr. FREDERIC DORION (Charlevoix-Saguenay):

Considering the decision taken

by our enemies to declare Rome an open city as reported to-day in a Canadian Press dispatch, does the government intend to give 100-111

instructions to our forces in Italy to spare Rome from any attack on land or from the air?

Topic:   BOMBING OF ROME
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT POLICY
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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, my hon.

friend gave me notice of his question. As it is one which refers to a matter that is being commented on in the press, perhaps I might be permitted to answer it.

Topic:   BOMBING OF ROME
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT POLICY
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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Oh, oh.

Topic:   BOMBING OF ROME
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT POLICY
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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

What I am saying is that my hon. friend was kind enough to give me notice of the question, and1 inasmuch as the subject may become one of discussion it might be treated as a question which should be answered at the moment.

I would direct the hon. member's attention to the fact that his question is based on what he states is a decision of our enemies.

I do not know what credence can be attached to an announcement of any decision, by our enemies. I doubt the wisdom of making any statement based on such an announcement. I have no information whatever other than what has appeared in the press as to the alleged intention of the Germans to remove their military forces and installations from Rome. Whether that statement has been put out as an advertisement for our enemies or an evidence of their kindness of heart and deep religious feeling, I cannot say. I would say however, that I do not think it is advisable at this time to make any statement whatever in reference to what they are alleged to have said.

Topic:   BOMBING OF ROME
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT POLICY
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March 23, 1944