March 24, 1952

LIB

Walter Edward Harris (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration)

Liberal

Mr. Harris (Grey-Bruce):

It was 'flu and

he telephoned me today after having had several penicillin treatments.

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PC

James MacKerras Macdonnell

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Macdonnell (Greenwood):

Will the minister please express my most sincere sympathy to the Minister of Justice.

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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh.

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PC

James MacKerras Macdonnell

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Macdonnell (Greenwood):

We will just leave it at that. I did not understand that he was ill and I am not trying to be funny about his illness. Hon. members will agree that it was a rather unfortunate wind-up to the debate we had earlier.

I just want to say that this is a serious situation. The suggestion by the hon. member for Gaspe (Mr. Langlois) that there was a provincial aspect to it interested me. I am glad to know that the Minister of Public

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Works (Mr. Fournier) has already taken steps. I dp hope that this matter will now be regarded as something that should be followed through to a successful conclusion.

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LIB

Maurice Bourget

Liberal

Mr. Maurice Bourget (Levis):

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member for Kamouraska (Mr. Masse) was his usual modest self when he said tonight that he had dealt very briefly and very incompletely with the problem he wished to place before the house. Personalty, as an engineer, I believe that the member for Kamouraska has made a most interesting statement of a problem which concerns, gs we have seen, not only the representatives of the counties situated along the shore? of the St. Lawrence but even members representing certain areas of the province of Ontario.

Besides, I do not know of anyone more qualified than the hon. member for Kamouraska, who is a professor at the faculty of forest engineering and surveying of Laval university in Quebec and an expert in expropriation cases, to assess the great damage wrought in the counties located along the shores of the St. Lawrence.

The hon. member for Gaspe (Mr. Langlois) also gave us a brilliant account of the situation. He mentioned the damages which might befall the fishermen in his county, because of the erosion. May I be allowed to state, in turn, that as a representative of Levis county, I take particular interest in this problem. In past years, particularly since I entered this house, I have received numerous requests, particularly from the municipalities of St. Romuald and of New Liverpool on the St. Lawrence, for the erection of works, in stone and cement, or in reinforced concrete, to protect not the river front but especially the queen's highway in those municipalities. This highway, which goes through the municipalities situated near the river, is in danger, particularly in the spring and fall, when the tide rises to a level of twenty to twenty-one feet. Besides, the Department of Public Works has acknowledged the urgency of these works by building, in the municipality of St. Romuald, a retaining wall over a distance of 500 to 600 feet.

Mr. Speaker, I especially trust our economy will be such as to allow the Minister of Public Works, who always lends a sympathetic ear to our requests, although he does not always grant them, to see to it that this year, in view of numerous representations by

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members, adequate works will be undertaken to put an end to the damage caused by erosion along the St. Lawrence.

This matter includes another highly important aspect which no one has mentioned as yet. The fact is that damages caused by erosion of the St. Lawrence are destroying, in some areas, thousands of acres of land which might be occupied or used, either for agriculture or for some other purpose. That means that any expenditures made, on the one hand, to build retaining walls would be recovered in our national economy through the reclaiming of thousands of acres of land which could be used for agricultural or other purposes, as I have just indicated.

Mr. Speaker, I do not wish to labour the point, since I am sure that the Minister of Public Works is well acquainted with the situation. I know that the district engineers at Montreal, Three Rivers, Quebec and Ri-mouski, and also the members have made many such requests in many instances, and have told him about this. But again I wished to associate myself with those who spoke

before me to emphasize once more the urgent nature of this problem and I trust that, before long, the member for Kamouraska in particular will have cause to rejoice at having again so brilliantly brought up this problem in this house.

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On motion of Mr. Bourget the debate was adjourned.

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BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

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 we will resume the adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister of Finance (Mr. Abbott) that the Speaker do now leave the chair for the house to resolve itself into committee of supply. If the motion carries we will call three departments, external affairs, agriculture and transport. We will just call an item in each department and have the committee rise.

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



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