December 2, 1949

RAILWAYS, CANALS AND TELEGRAPH LINES


Fourth report of standing committee on railways, canals and telegraph lines.-Mr. Breithaupt.


TEMISCOUATA RAILWAY

BILL NO. 145 TO BE CONSIDERED IN COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE THIS DAY


Hen. Alphonse Fournier (Minister of Public Works): Mr. Speaker, it was announced last night that after the third reading of Bill No. 195 the next order of business would be Bill No. 145, respecting the acquisition of the Temiscouata railway. I was under the impression yesterday that that bill had been reported from committee, but as a matter of fact it was reported only a moment ago. If the house will give unanimous consent, I move, seconded by the Minister of Mines and Resources (Mr. Gibson): That Bill No. 145, an act respecting the acquisition of the Temiscouata railway, be considered in committee of the whole this day, and that standing order 21 be suspended in relation thereto. Motion agreed to.


COLONIAL AIR LINES

CANADA-U.S. BILATERAL AIR AGREEMENT- ORDER OF AIR TRANSPORT BOARD

LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Hon. Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport):

Mr. Speaker, yesterday the hon. member for Vancouver-Quadra (Mr. Green), and again today the hon. member for Moose Jaw (Mr. Thatcher), have asked or given notice of questions concerning the position of the Canada-United States bilateral air agreement. There has been some discussion of it in the house and outside the house, and in view of its importance I feel that perhaps a statement should be made at this time.

The bilateral air agreement entered into between Canada and the United States in June of 1949 is a continuation of the original air agreement, with some changes. Among the new features three United States air carriers were granted traffic rights at Gander on the north Atlantic route and have been exercising those traffic rights under temporary permit pending action on their applications for regular foreign carrier licences from the

air transport board. The applications of two of these carriers, Transworld Air Lines and American Overseas Air Lines, were approved by the board on December 1, and yesterday licences were signed accordingly. The application of the third carrier, Pan-American, has been approved in principle, and the licence will be signed on receipt of certain minor amendments which that carrier has indicated it is sending forward.

The United States government was also granted traffic rights at Edmonton on two routes, the first a transborder route from Montana, and the second a through route from the United States to the Orient. Applications have been received from Western Air Lines and from Northwest Air Lines respectively for licences for these routes. It is expected that these applications will be dealt with in the relatively near future.

On the Canadian side, in connection with the new routes granted to the Canadian government, the United States government has issued a permit to Canadian Pacific Air Lines for the exercise of traffic rights in Hawaii on its route to Australia. The Trans-Canada Air Lines application for traffic rights in Florida on its Caribbean route is now being heard by the United States authorities, and will, it is expected, be dealt with within the next few weeks.

On the third new route granted to Canada between Montreal and New York, Colonial Air Lines has opposed an application to the United States authorities for a permit and has succeeded in action in the United States courts which prevents the United States authorities from proceeding with a permit for Trans-Canada Air Lines.

That is what brought about the issue of the show-cause order which was given yesterday by the air transport board, and for which the hearing will be held on December 12. Colonial Air Lines will at that time be given full opportunity to indicate on what grounds it believes its permit from the air transport board for the service between Montreal and New York should be continued.

I should like to point out that this order of the board is one between the air transport board and Colonial Air Lines, related to the permit issued by the board. The actions or policy of the United States government are not involved, and the Canadian authorities are fully satisfied that the United States authorities have proceeded in good faith in

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Inquiries of the Ministry relation to the bilateral agreement between the two countries. It does not involve any question of intergovernmental relations in the field of civil aviation between Canada and the United States, which have always been on a close friendly and co-operative basis.

Topic:   COLONIAL AIR LINES
Subtopic:   CANADA-U.S. BILATERAL AIR AGREEMENT- ORDER OF AIR TRANSPORT BOARD
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CCF

Wilbert Ross Thatcher

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

Mr. Thatcher:

Did the minister say that permanent rights have been granted by Canada before the Americans carry out their part of the agreement?

Topic:   COLONIAL AIR LINES
Subtopic:   CANADA-U.S. BILATERAL AIR AGREEMENT- ORDER OF AIR TRANSPORT BOARD
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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

Permanent rights were

granted to the two companies I mentioned, Transworld and American Air Lines; and permanent rights have also been granted to Canadian Pacific Air Lines and, I am informed, are on the point of being granted to T.C.A. on its Caribbean route, so far as our rights are concerned.

Topic:   COLONIAL AIR LINES
Subtopic:   CANADA-U.S. BILATERAL AIR AGREEMENT- ORDER OF AIR TRANSPORT BOARD
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BRITISH NORTH AMERICA ACT

AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION


On the orders of the day:


PC

Donald Methuen Fleming

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Donald M. Fleming (Eglinton):

Can the

Prime Minister indicate to the house what will be the agenda for the forthcoming dominion-provincial conference in January?

Right Hon. L. S. St. Laurent (Prime

Minister): There has been no agenda prepared. The purpose of the invitations sent to the premiers of the provinces was to meet with us to discuss the possibility of agreeing on a satisfactory method of amendment in Canada by Canadian authorities of such parts of the constitution as cannot be amended by the provincial legislatures or by the dominion parliament alone.

Topic:   BRITISH NORTH AMERICA ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION
Sub-subtopic:   DOMINION-PROVINCIAL CONFERENCE
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DOUKHOBORS

UNLAWFUL ACTS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Herbert Wilfred Herridge

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

Mr. H. W. Herridge (Kootenay West):

should like to direct a question to the Minister of Justice, based upon a telegram I have received from the officers of the railway labour organization at Nelson, to the effect that the Canadian Pacific Railway Company is being notified that until such time as suitable steps are taken to ensure the safety of men engaged in the operation of trains under threat of Doukhobor bombing-

Topic:   DOUKHOBORS
Subtopic:   UNLAWFUL ACTS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
Sub-subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO FEDERAL ASSISTANCE
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LIB

Elie Beauregard (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

I do not think the hon. member should read the telegram; he should ask his question.

Topic:   DOUKHOBORS
Subtopic:   UNLAWFUL ACTS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
Sub-subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO FEDERAL ASSISTANCE
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CCF

Herbert Wilfred Herridge

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

Mr. Herridge:

In view of the situation that exists in that area at this time, can the minister assure the house that the federal government will extend all possible co-operation to

the provincial government for the protection of these railway workers and other citizens?

Topic:   DOUKHOBORS
Subtopic:   UNLAWFUL ACTS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
Sub-subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO FEDERAL ASSISTANCE
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December 2, 1949