May 31, 1948

IND

Mr. GAGNON:

Independent

1. How many rural mail services have been discontinued following the refusal by the Post Office Department to accept the tenders, on the ground that the price submitted was too high?

2. How many in each province?

3. How many in each county of the province of Quebec and what are the said counties?

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NORTHWEST TERRITORIES

ELECTRIC POWER PLANTS-PROVISION FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF POWER COMMISSION


Hon. J. A. MacKINNON (Acting Minister of Mines and Resources) moved that the house go into committee at the next sitting to consider the following resolution: That it is expedient to present a bill to facilitate the construction and operation of electric power plants in the Northwest Territories and the supplying of power thereby generated to mining and other interests. The bill provides for the establishment of a power commission as the authority to carry out the construction and operation of the projects referred to in the bill. Provision is made for advances of moneys from the consolidated revenue fund to the commission to enable it, if and when required, to carry out its undertakings with provision also for the remuneration to be paid the commissioners. He said: His Excellency the Governor General, having been made acquainted with the subject matter of this resolution, recommends it to the consideration of the house. Motion agreed to.


YUKON ACT

AMENDMENTS RELATING TO THE GOVERNMENT OF YUKON TERRITORY


Hon. J. A. MacKINNON (Acting Minister of Mines and Resources) moved that the house go into committee at the next sitting to consider the following resolution: That it is expedient to bring in a measure to amend the Yukon Act to re-establish the positions of commissioner and of administrator of the Yukon Territory, to increase the indemnity of members of the Yukon council and provide for their travelling and living expenses, and for other purposes relating to the government of Yukon Territory. He said: His Excellency the Governor General, having been made acquainted with the subject matter of this resolution, recommends it to the consideration of the house. Motion agreed to.


COMMONWEALTH CONFERENCE

PRESS REPORT AS TO PROBABLE MEETING IN LONDON


On the orders of the day:


PC

Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. GORDON GRAYDON (Peel):

Mr. Speaker, a Canadian Press dispatch from London today indicates at least the probability, so far as press speculation is concerned, of a meeting of commonwealth prime ministers in July. Can the Prime Minister tell us how far the formal or informal discussions or negotiations have progressed toward that end?

Topic:   COMMONWEALTH CONFERENCE
Subtopic:   PRESS REPORT AS TO PROBABLE MEETING IN LONDON
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LIB

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

Liberal

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

All I can say to my hon. friend is that there have been communications between the government of the United Kingdom and, I understand, all governments of different parts of the commonwealth respecting the holding of a meeting of prime ministers either some time in July or in the autumn. No final conclusion has been reached as yet; but as soon as a decision has been made I will give my hon. friend the information.

Topic:   COMMONWEALTH CONFERENCE
Subtopic:   PRESS REPORT AS TO PROBABLE MEETING IN LONDON
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TRANS-CANADA AIR LINES SASKATOON-VANCOUVER-SERVICE FROM MONTREAL TO PACIFIC COAST


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Robert Ross (Roy) Knight

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

Mr. R. R. KNIGHT (Saskatoon City):

Mr. Speaker, I sent a copy of a question to the Minister of Trade and Commerce (Mr. Howe), who is not in his seat. Perhaps in his absence the Minister of Transport (Mr. Chevrier) will answer. Is the Trans-Canada Air Lines service from Saskatoon to Vancouver to be

Inquiries of the Ministry

discontinued on June 1? If so, has the government considered establishing a service from Saskatoon to Calgary to link up the direct Trans-Canada service from Montreal to Vancouver?

Topic:   TRANS-CANADA AIR LINES SASKATOON-VANCOUVER-SERVICE FROM MONTREAL TO PACIFIC COAST
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LIB

George James McIlraith (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Trade and Commerce; Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Reconstruction and Supply)

Liberal

Mr. G. J. McILRAITH (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Trade and Commerce):

Mr. Speaker, the answer to the first question is that the service will not be discontinued. It will still be available, although on a schedule different from the present one. The second question is answered by my answer to the first one.

_Mr. KNIGHT: This would involve passengers staying overnight at Edmonton.

Topic:   TRANS-CANADA AIR LINES SASKATOON-VANCOUVER-SERVICE FROM MONTREAL TO PACIFIC COAST
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LIB

George James McIlraith (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Trade and Commerce; Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Reconstruction and Supply)

Liberal

Mr. McILRAITH:

I am sorry, but I cannot give the precise times of various connections.

Topic:   TRANS-CANADA AIR LINES SASKATOON-VANCOUVER-SERVICE FROM MONTREAL TO PACIFIC COAST
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CCF

Robert Ross (Roy) Knight

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

Mr. KNIGHT:

The point is that direct service-

Topic:   TRANS-CANADA AIR LINES SASKATOON-VANCOUVER-SERVICE FROM MONTREAL TO PACIFIC COAST
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LIB

James Horace King (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order. The hon. member will realize that he cannot enter into a debate when asking a question.

Topic:   TRANS-CANADA AIR LINES SASKATOON-VANCOUVER-SERVICE FROM MONTREAL TO PACIFIC COAST
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FLOOD CONDITIONS

May 31, 1948