March 22, 1950

UNEMPLOYMENT

NEWFOUNDLAND REFERENCE TO STATEMENT IN COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY ON MARCH 21

LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour):

On a question of privilege, Mr. Speaker, I should like to correct a statement made yesterday in reply to the hon. member for St. John's West (Mr. Browne) appearing at page 978 of Hansard. I spoke with the hon. member after the sitting concluded. I said that twenty per cent of the people unemployed in Canada reside in the province of Newfoundland. I intended to say that approximately twenty per cent of the employable people of Newfoundland are unemployed. The employable population of Newfoundland is approximately 112,000. The total number of those registered for employment wnh our national employment service offices at March 2 was 18,600, so the actual percentage is 17. I was using the approximate percentage. I might add that 13,700 of these persons seeking work are either in receipt of unemployment assistance or insurance benefits, or are waiting for their claims to be processed. The total expenditure on this account for the month of March will be almost $1 million.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT
Subtopic:   NEWFOUNDLAND REFERENCE TO STATEMENT IN COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY ON MARCH 21
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STRAIT OF CANSO BRIDGE

PROGRESS TOWARD CONSTRUCTION

LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Hon. Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport):

With your permission, Mr. Speaker, I should like to make a statement on the strait of Canso bridge.

In March, 1949, the board of engineers which was appointed to review plans for the betterment of transportation facilities across the strait of Canso submitted their final report, in which it was recommended that a low level bridge for both highway and railway traffic should be constructed at an estimated total cost of $13,503,128. In May of the same year the Department of Transport entered into a contract with P. L. Pratley, consulting engineer of Montreal, Quebec, for the design and supervision of construction of the bridge on a fixed fee basis.

Dr. Pratley immediately established his necessary staff in order to carry out field and office investigations leading to the award of

a contract for the construction of the bridge. A contract was awarded to Foundation Maritime Limited for eight borings on the bridge site in order to establish definite foundation conditions. These borings were completed in the first week of September of last year. Negotiations were carried out by Dr. Pratley with both the province of Nova Scotia and the Canadian National Railways in order to establish the final location of the bridge and other factors.

The report of the board of engineers adopted a clear roadway width of 22 feet between curbs for the highway portion of the bridge. Contract plans and specifications were undertaken by Dr. Pratley on this basis.

The dominion-provincial conference on trans-Canada highways, at their meetings in Ottawa on December 15 and 16 last, adopted a minimum roadway width between curbs of 24 feet for all bridges in excess of 30 feet in length which were to be constructed as part of the highway system. As a result of the adoption of this standard, further negotiations were undertaken with the province in order to determine their wishes in respect of the roadway width of the Canso bridge in the light of the standard as adopted by the conference. Their attention was drawn to the fact that an increase in width from 22 to 24 feet would result in an increase in cost of approximately two per cent of the original total estimate and would also delay the calling for tenders for the work by three or four months due to the necessity of a complete redesign of the steel superstructure and foundations.

Under date of February 24, 1950, I received a letter from the Hon. Angus L. Macdonald, premier of Nova Scotia, in which he informed me that, while he agreed that the insistence of 24 feet would delay the undertaking, he considered that the bridge should be designed for a roadway width of 24 feet between curbs to allow for a reasonable safety factor in highway travel on the structure. On receipt of this letter, Dr. Pratley was informed by my office to immediately change his plans and specifications to conform to this standard.

Previous to this change, it was anticipated that final plans and specifications would have been ready to call for tenders on construction in March of this year with actual construction beginning by August or September. As matters now stand, it will not be possible to call

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for tenders until July, with actual construction work on the main piers deferred until early next spring. It is expected, however, that during this year the province will undertake work on the highway approaches on the Cape Breton side of the bridge, and likewise the Canadian National Railways will undertake the necessary revisions to railway lines on the island leading to the proposed structure.

Topic:   STRAIT OF CANSO BRIDGE
Subtopic:   PROGRESS TOWARD CONSTRUCTION
Sub-subtopic:   CHANGE IN WIDTH OF ROADWAY
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LIB

George Alexander Cruickshank

Liberal

Mr. Cruickshank:

May I ask the minister a question in connection with this statement? How many people will this bridge serve?

Topic:   STRAIT OF CANSO BRIDGE
Subtopic:   PROGRESS TOWARD CONSTRUCTION
Sub-subtopic:   CHANGE IN WIDTH OF ROADWAY
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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

It is not a question of serving people; it is a question of connecting the mainland of Nova Scotia with Cape Breton island, by means of a provincial highway. The Canadian National railways will also operate over this bridge.

Topic:   STRAIT OF CANSO BRIDGE
Subtopic:   PROGRESS TOWARD CONSTRUCTION
Sub-subtopic:   CHANGE IN WIDTH OF ROADWAY
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LIB

George Alexander Cruickshank

Liberal

Mr. Cruickshank:

Will the pipe line also?

Topic:   STRAIT OF CANSO BRIDGE
Subtopic:   PROGRESS TOWARD CONSTRUCTION
Sub-subtopic:   CHANGE IN WIDTH OF ROADWAY
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STAFF OF SERGEANT-AT-ARMS ONTARIO WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION

LIB

James Sinclair (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance)

Liberal

Mr. James Sinclair (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance):

Last evening the member for Peterborough West (Mr. Fraser) asked the Minister of Finance whether the staff of the Sergeant-at-Arms was covered by the Ontario Workmen's Compensation Act. The answer is yes.

Topic:   STAFF OF SERGEANT-AT-ARMS ONTARIO WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION
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QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

PC

Mr. Fulton:

Progressive Conservative

1. At what points have electric slide detector fences been installed on the Canadian National Railways line in British Columbia?

2. What other safety warning devices against rocks and slides have been installed?

3. Have any reports been received on the operation of these installations?

4. Do the reports indicate that these types of installations are satisfactory for the purpose of giving warning of rocks and slides?

5: If not, in what way are they unsatisfactory?

6. What further or other installations for this purpose are contemplated, and when is it expected the work on them may begin?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Sub-subtopic:   SLIDE DETECTOR
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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

The Canadian National Railways advise as follows:

1. A test installation of 1,720 feet of slide detector fences has been made on the Ashcroft subdivision between mileages 93-7 and 94-0.

2. In selected areas there is provided a twenty-four-hour inspection service by watchmen and patrolmen. Automatic signals have also been installed in certain sections to better facilitate train operations.

tMr. Chevrier.]

3. Yes.

4. Not in so far as slide detector fences are concerned.

5. Difficulty is experienced in keeping slide detector fences in service at periods of heavy snowfall and of interference from snow slides.

6. Additional installations of slide detector fences will be considered after reviewing results achieved from experimental installations.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Sub-subtopic:   SLIDE DETECTOR
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NEWFOUNDLAND

PC

William Joseph Browne

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Browne (St. John's West):

What amount has been collected in Newfoundland during the eleven-month period ending February 28, for (a) excise duties; (b) custom duties;

(c) income taxes; (d) succession duties?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   NEWFOUNDLAND
Sub-subtopic:   AMOUNTS COLLECTED IN DUTIES AND TAXES
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LIB

James Joseph McCann (Minister of Mines and Technical Surveys; Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Mr. McCann:

(a) Excise taxes, $2,646,306.08; excise duties, $1,222,467.02; total, $3,868,773.10; (b) customs import duties, $3,011,714.12; (c) $3,446,248;

(d) $30,990.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   NEWFOUNDLAND
Sub-subtopic:   AMOUNTS COLLECTED IN DUTIES AND TAXES
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CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

March 22, 1950