October 5, 1949

LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

That is a matter which the chairman, in conjunction with the other members of the board, will have to decide. I do not know what he intends to do. He is the court and he is the one who must decide whether hearings will be held across the country or not. I cannot speak for him at this time without consultation with him. The waybill subject matter is one of study; it is not one which would call for a public hearing. The matter of the mountain differential was one which did, and hearings were held. I think that is a matter for the discretion of the chairman.

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PC

Howard Charles Green

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

As I understood it, the provinces were asking for an opportunity to make representations on this whole question of discrimination. The board of transport commissioners has wide power under the order in council. When that order in council was passed, was it not the intention of the government that the board should hold public hearings?

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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

The board has already held one public hearing. Having decided to remove the mountain differential in the British Columbia area, they then thought the next procedure was to make a study of the waybill. Having done that, what they intend to do afterwards is something I am not able to say. As to the intention of the government,

I have made statements from time to time, and the order in council is there. I do not think I should elaborate further.

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PC

Howard Charles Green

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

Perhaps the minister could tell the committee at a later date what plan the board have in mind.

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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

Yes. I shall be glad to consult with the chairman of the board and at a later date to make a statement as to his intention.

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PC
LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

Unquestionably it is an exceedingly important matter.

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PC

Howard Charles Green

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

I would ask that the minister allow the item to stand.

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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

Surely we can discuss this matter on the general item.

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PC
LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

Just a minute. If it is the-intention of the committee to let every item such as this stand, we shall never get on. At my hon. friend's request we have let item 453 stand, so that we could discuss general matters. I tell my friend now that he will have an opportunity to deal with this matter under item 453. I should think that would be sufficient.

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PC

Howard Charles Green

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

I have run into difficulties before over some plan of this kind. It is now six o'clock. This information for which I have asked the minister is most important, and I would suggest that the item be allowed to stand.

Item stands.

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LIB

Joseph-Alfred Dion (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Liberal

The Chairman:

It being six o'clock, shall I report progress and ask leave to sit again?

Progress reported.

Business of the House BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

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LIB

Alphonse Fournier (Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Fournier (Hull):

Tomorrow is private members' day.

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PC

Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Graydon:

In view of our experience today, I should like to ask the minister this question. If tomorrow we find that private members' notices of motions stand in such numbers and as frequently as they did this afternoon, what will the government business be following disposal of them?

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Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

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

Mr. Knowles:

Public bills and orders come first.

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LIB

Alphonse Fournier (Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Fournier (Hull):

We have some bills under study in committee which we could take up, or we could revert to estimates of the Department of Agriculture or of the Department of Transport.

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PC

Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Graydon:

Would the business of

tomorrow include the bill to amend the Supreme Court Act?

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LIB

Alphonse Fournier (Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Fournier (Hull):

Probably; and the bill to amend the Exchequer Court Act and the one to amend the Department of Justice Act.

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At six o'clock the house adjourned, without question put, pursuant to standing order.


October 5, 1949