June 25, 1948

PAYMENTS TO LOWER ST. LAWRENCE NAVIGATION COMPANY, ETC.

IND

Mr. COTE (Matapedia-Matane):

Independent Liberal

1. Were any amounts paid by the various federal departments as grants, expenses or otherwise from March 31, 1939, to March 31, 1946, to (a) the Lower St. Lawrence Navigation Company (Compagnie de Navigation du Bas St-Laurent); (b) the National Telephone Company (Compagnie de Telephone Nationale); (c) the Rimouski CJBR radio station; (di) the Lower St. Lawrence Power Company (Compagnie de Pouvoir du Bas St-Laurent); (e) the Jules Brillant School of Rimouski; (f) the Marine School of Rimouski; (g) the Industrial School of Rimouski; (h) the Arts and Crafts School in Rimouski?

2. If so, what amounts were paid in each case?

3. Were any amounts paid by the various federal departments to J. A. or Jules Brillant, of Rimouski, as emoluments, fees, salary, remuneration, expenses, or otherwise, from March 31, 1939 to March 31, 1946?

4. If so, what amounts?

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PIE IX BOULEVARD BRIDGE, ST. VINCENT DE PAUL, QUEBEC


Mr. DENIS; 1. Did the federal government make any contribution in the expenditure incurred for the construction of Pie IX boulevard bridge at St. Vincent de Paul, Quebec, including expropriation and viaduct? 2. If so, what was its authorized and paid contribution? 3. What percentage does this amount represent if compared with the Quebec provincial government's contribution for same?


FLOOD CONDITIONS

RELIEF AND REHABILITATION IN THE FRASER VALLEY


On the orders of the day:


LIB

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

Liberal

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

I wish to make a statement. on relief and rehabilitation in the Fraser valley as approved by the Premier of British Columbia on behalf of the government of British Columbia and myself on behalf of the government of Canada.

After consultation with the Fraser Valley relief and rehabilitation commission established by the governments of Canada and British Columbia, the two governments have agreed that the assistance to be given by the government of Canada to British Columbia in helping to meet the requirements for emergency relief and for the rehabilitation of the flooded areas in the Fraser valley arising out of the national disaster created by the floods shall take the form of a lump sum grant by the federal to the provincial government of $5,000,000.

It has been agreed by the two governments that this grant will be understood to cover 5849-3701

the share of the government of Canada in temporary emergency relief as well as the share of financial liability for measures of rehabilitation which the government of Canada agreed to accept in accordance with the announcement made in the House of Commons on June 9.

In addition to the lump sum grant of $5,000,000 for relief and rehabilitation, the government of Canada will provide seventy-five per cent of the cost of repairing, strengthening and reconstructing the dikes in the Fraser valley and removing water and debris from the flooded land, and the provincial government will provide the remaining twenty-five per cent of these costs. The two governments have agreed to establish a Fraser Valley diking board that will carry on this work as quickly as the board can be organized and take over the actual responsibility for this work from the various local, provincial and military authorities now dealing with it.

In view of the lump sum grant by the federal to the provincial government, the government of British Columbia, together with the flood relief committee, the Red Cross and the local authorities, will assume responsibility for whatever relief and rehabilitation measures they deem necessary in the flooded areas, not only in the Fraser valley but elsewhere throughout the province, except as regards the repair and reconstruction of the dikes and the removal of water and debris in the Fraser valley. It has also been agreed by the two governments that the armed forces will remain to assist the province until the emergency is ended, and it has been tentatively agreed that the end of the emergency will be regarded as occurring when the water level at Mission falls to eighteen feet.

It was recognized by the provincial government that what the armed forces had already spent on relief would be a part of the $5,000,000 grant, and the amount spent by the armed forces on protecting and repairing the dikes would be a part of the diking costs.

The Canadian army has also undertaken for the present to make available to the diking board a small staff of engineers and the 23rd field squadron of engineers to assist in carrying out a portion of the work. The federal government has designated Mr. F. G. Goodspeed, assistant chief engineer of the Department of Public Works, to share with provincial authorities responsibility for work on the dikes and related matters, and has designated officials of the Department of

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Agriculture and the Department of National Health and Welfare to assist the provincial authorities.

Further supplementary estimates will be introduced in parliament today or tomorrow to provide the authority for the expenditures to be made by the government of Canada under these arrangements; also further supplementary estimates for the special expenditures of the Department of Public Works in its own operations made necessary by the emergency.

While the destruction of property in the Fraser valley reached the proportions of a national disaster, there is reason to be profoundly thankful that so few lives were lost because of the prompt and effective measures taken by members of the armed services as well as by the civil authorities to meet the emergency, and especially because of the magnificent voluntary efforts put forth by the citizens of the province. May I add that the co-operation of the federal and provincial governments in the constructive work of the diking board should give to the people of the Fraser valley a greater sense of security than they have known hitherto for their homes, their families, and their future.

In conclusion, I wish on behalf of the federal government to express warm appreciation of the untiring efforts of the members of the Fraser Valley relief and rehabilitation commission, General Hoffmeister and Hon. Mr. Hamber.

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PC

John Bracken (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. JOHN BRACKEN (Leader of the Opposition):

I am sure the house has listened with interest and approval to the statement made by the Prime Minister with regard to the plans for co-operating with the province of British Columbia in connection with the flood disaster in the Fraser valley. However, just one question occurs to my mind. The Prime Minister has indicated that a Fraser Valley diking board is to be set up. I did not catch by whom that board is to be set up, or to whom it is to report and be responsible. Perhaps the Prime Minister would make that point clear. I did not hear clearly what the recommendations are with respect to the flooded areas outside the Fraser valley in British Columbia. Perhaps the Prime Minister would amplify his remarks on that point.

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

The board will be a joint one under federal and provincial authority. Details have yet to be worked out.

As to the flooded areas outside of the Fraser valley, as well as areas within the Fraser valley,

it was felt by both the province and the dominion that the whole matter could best be managed if the government made a substantial grant to the province for all purposes of relief and rehabilitation; the province, in consideration of the size of the amount of the grant which is being made, to take care of those areas that are outside the Fraser valley.

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PC

John Bracken (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. BRACKEN:

The amount of that grant has not been determined?

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

Yes. The federal grant is $5,000,000.

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PC

John Bracken (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. BRACKEN:

Is that included in the $5,000,000?

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

Yes.

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LIB

George Alexander Cruickshank

Liberal

Mr. CRUICKSHANK:

I understand the $5,000,000 is a token grant to the provincial government, to be administered by them for rehabilitation purposes. Is that correct?

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

It is more than a token grant. It is a substantial grant, and it is to cover the expenditures in regard to rehabilitation. The provincial government takes full responsibility for the administration of the moneys given to it by the federal government, and full responsibility for the work of rehabilitation from now on.

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LIB

George Alexander Cruickshank

Liberal

Mr. CRUICKSHANK:

I understood the Prime Minister to say that certain other funds would be available to the provincial government in connection with the loss of crops. Is that correct?

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

I cannot say to my hon. friend what other funds may be available, other than those mentioned in the statement I have just made. Perhaps I should repeat that portion of the statement for my hon. friend's benefit:

In view of the lump sum grant by the federal to the provincial government, the government of British Columbia, together with the flood relief committee, the Red Cross and the local authorities, will assume responsibility for whatever relief and rehabilitation measures they deem necessary in the flooded areas not only in the Fraser valley but elsewhere throughout the province, except as regards the repair and reconstruction of the dikes and the removal of water and debris in the Fraser valley. It has also been agreed by the two governments that the armed forces will remain to assist the province until the emergency is ended, and it has been tentatively agreed that the end of the emergency will be regarded as occurring when the water level at Mission falls to 18 feet.

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LIB

George Alexander Cruickshank

Liberal

Mr. CRUICKSHANK:

I presume the

Premier of British Columbia is satisfied with this token grant of $5,000,000. Is that correct? I am not.

Inquiries of the Ministry

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

I stated to the house a day or two ago that I would make a statement, which would be approved by the premier of the province and by myself before being given to the house. The statement I have read has the approval of both the government of British Columbia and the federal government.

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June 25, 1948