July 7, 1947

CAPITAL PLANNING COMMITTEE

FIRST INTERIM REPORT-INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AREAS-RIDEAU CANAL BRIDGE


Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister)1: Mr. Speaker, I desire to table the first interim report of the national capital planning committee, together with related documents and reports, with the exception of appendix 4 to the first interim report. The present report of the national capital planning committee is an interim report dealing with two particular projects involved in the general planning of the capital. The first recommendation in the report deals with the acquisition of certain areas on the outskirts of the cities of Ottawa and Hull for industrial development purposes. The second recommendation deals with the construction of a new bridge across the Rideau canal, a,t a point about midway between Rideau and Laurier streets, in order to provide a new thoroughfare to relieve the present congestion of traffic in the area of confederation square. So far as the first recommendation is concerned the proposal is to have certain areas Capital Planning Committee



acquired by the government in order that they may be made available for industrial uses. A tentative recommendation with regard to the precise areas involved has been submitted on appendix 4 to the report. However, it is felt that on these details further study is desirable and, for this reason, copies of appendix 4 are not being tabled at this time. The appendix, or such modification of it as is finally decided on, will be tabled at a later date. The broad purpose in recommending the acquisition of industrial sites is to enable land to be used for industry in locations where there would be no conflict with the general plans for the capital. These locations would be so selected as to make possible the ultimate removal of many of the railway lines which at present intersect the capital in such a way as to mar its appearance and to add to the hazards and congestion of traffic. The proposal is that initially the cost of acquiring the areas should be borne by the government. However, it is recommended that the property should be sold, over a period of time, to industrial users wishing to locate in the capital area, in such a way that the project would become largely or completely self-liquidating. So far as the second recommendation, with regard to the bridge, is concerned. I believe hon. members who have had experience with the traffic congestion in confederation square and in front of the station will agree that something must be done a<t an early day to improve conditions. The proposal for the bridge appears to be a possible solution, and an item will be included in the supplementary estimates for $100,000 to enable preliminary engineering surveys and estimates of cost to be made. I wish to emphasize that both projects which I have mentioned are at present simply recommendations of the national capital planning committee, carrying with them the approval of the federal district commission. Before any final decisions are taken with regard to them they will be given most careful consideration by the government and discussed in such manner as may be necessary with the municipal authorities involved.


PC

George Russell Boucher

Progressive Conservative

Mr. BOUCHER:

Docs the government contemplate taking any further action on this report this session?

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William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

I have mentioned that there will be a vote in the supplementary estimates which will refer to what I have just said. It is intended to permit of further action forthwith.

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PRIVATE BILLS

SUSPENSION OP STANDING ORDER 105

LIB

Ralph Maybank

Liberal

Mr. RALPH MAYBANK moved:

That for the remainder of the session standing order .105, respecting the posting of private bills, he suspended.

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Motion agreed to.


FIRST AND SECOND READINGS-SENATE BILLS


Bill No. 414, to incorporate The Catholic Episcopal Corporation of Labrador.-Mr. Dorion. Bill No. 416, to incorporate the Yellowknife Telephone Company.-Mr. Robinson (Simcoe East). Bill No. 418, for the relief of Maud Mary Rose Denton.-Mr. Maybank. Bill No. 419, for the relief of Judith Bychow-sky Sanders.-Mr. Maybank. Bill No. 420, for the relief of Marie Irene Joly Martineau.-Mr. Maybank. Bill No. 421, for the relief of Sam Pronman. -Mr. Maybank. Bill No. 422, for the relief of Eva Greenblatt Thow.-Mr. Maybank. Bill No. 423, for the relief of Edith Norma Issac Davidson.-Mr. Maybank. Bill No. 424, for the relief of Ida Lottie Stubina Pollack.-Mr. Maybank. Bill No. 425, for the relief of Minnie Black Herman.-Mr. Maybank. Bill No. 426, for the relief of Clifford Gilbert Adams.-Mr. Maybank. Bill No. 427, for the relief of Dallas Sara Barnes Millington.-Mr. Maybank. Bill No. 428, for the relief of Madeleine Agnes Joly de Lotbiniere Doucet.-Mr. May-bank. Bill No. 429, for the relief of Adeline Charlotte Simone Desjardins Teakle.-Mr. May-bank. Bill No. 430, for the relief of Margaret Blane Bowen Adair.'-Mr. Maybank. Bill No. 431, for the relief of Mary Hrab Navrotzki.-Mr. Maybank.


TRUST COMPANIES ACT

VARIOUS AMENDMENTS


Hon. DOUGLAS ABBOTT (Minister of Finance) moved the first reading of Bill No. 417 (from the Senate) to amend the Trust Companies Act. Motion agreed to and bill read the first time. Questions


QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk). conversion of ship for transport of IMMIGRANTS


LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Reconstruction and Supply)

Liberal

Mr. HOWE:

Mr. Speaker, it is impossible to answer this question, in its present form, but perhaps I can give the information my hon. friend desires. The question refers to the ship Huascaran, which was delivered to Canada by Germany as part of the reparations. The ship was reported to be available at a German harbour in a damaged condition. The government had no convenient means of taking charge of the ship in a German harbour; therefore it was turned over to War Assets Corporation and tenders were called for, with reserve bid by the government in the amount shown by the reparations commission. The ship was purchased by a Canadian firm, was repaired in Germany and then moved to Britain for further repairs, and has now been delivered in Canada. The ship has been surveyed and is found capable of carrying 600 immigrants. The survey was made at the request of the present owners, who propose to convert the ship at their own expense for carrying immigrants. The Department of Mines and Resources will cooperate to the extent of furnishing the immigrants, provided that the ship will accept immigrants at such points as are nominated . by the department.

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POLYMER PLANT AT SARNIA

July 7, 1947