June 2, 1952

PC

Douglas Scott Harkness

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Harkness:

This is a half million dollar item to provide for surveys and construction on the trans-Canada highway through national parks. There are a few questions I should like to ask. First of all, what is the allocation as between surveys and actual construction? Second, what is the amount of construction and where is it being undertaken this year? Has it already started, and if not when will it get started?

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LIB

Robert Henry Winters (Minister of Resources and Development)

Liberal

Mr. Winters:

Just now, Mr. Chairman, tenders are in the process of being called for a bridge and some four miles of grade. This is the program for 1952-53. The proposed work in the lake Louise area will include the new reinforced concrete bridge over the Bow river, the construction of the approaches, and the grading necessary to connect the bridge with the existing highway. From the south end of the bridge approximately one-half mile of new road will be built with good curvature and satisfactory grades to connect with the existing road, and at the north approach the connection with the Banff-Jasper highway and the Pipestone bridge will be graded. Gravel surfacing will be done on all the sections of new road but no treated base course work will be attempted this year. The estimated cost of this work

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Supply-Resources and Development is $217,000. In addition, final location surveys will be made of the trans-Canada highway to Field, B.C., and as far beyond as funds and personnel available will permit. In addition there will be expenditure on construction engineering in the lake Louise area. Funds for this survey and engineering work are being provided in the amount of $25,000, giving a total estimated expenditure of $242,000 at lake Louise and westerly.

The remaining $258,000 will be applied to constructing the trans-Canada highway from the east gate westerly towards Banff. Of this amount, $250,000 is earmarked for construction and $8,000 for engineering. With the amount available we hope to build between four and five miles of new highway between the east gate and Banff. All the work referred to will be done by contract and tenders will be called for as soon as the plans are ready. In fact, as I have stated, tenders have already been called for.

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PC

Edmund Davie Fulton

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fulton:

I have one question which it might be possible to answer before eleven o'clock. If the Mica creek dam on the Columbia river is proceeded with, it will be necessary to relocate the road. It is my impression that it would then go through a portion of Glacier national park. In that case, would the minister say anything about responsibility for the construction of the road, at least that part of it through the national park?

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LIB

Robert Henry Winters (Minister of Resources and Development)

Liberal

Mr. Winters:

Without assuming where the road will go-because I do not know; no surveys have been definitive yet-may I say that if there is a portion of the trans-Canada highway through any national park, the federal government then pays the entire cost of that portion.

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Winfield Chester Scott McLure

Progressive Conservative

Mr. McLure:

I should like to ask the minister whether the highway in the national park in Prince Edward Island from Rustico through to Cavendish will be completed this year.

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PC

Winfield Chester Scott McLure

Progressive Conservative

Mr. McLure:

Furthermore, I notice there is a large increase in this item. A survey has been going on at Rustico harbour over to Robinsons island, with a view to building a bridge there and connecting the Rustico-Cavendish part of the national park with Dalvay and the eastern part. I have not seen any report as to whether this survey is going to be continued this year or, furthermore, whether a bridge is going to be built across the harbour at Rustico. This is one of the projects that was up for consideration prior to 1949. Having regard to the size of this vote as compared with that of other years,

I should like to know whether this highway

is going to be completed. Another question I should like to ask is this. Are any negotiations in progress with the provincial government with regard to the building of a highway from New Glasgow, Prince Edward Island to Cavendish. It is only a distance of six miles. Some preparation has already been made by the provincial government with regard to the road. In visiting Cavendish, one drawback is this six miles of dirt road which could be made into a satisfactory highway. I understand the provincial government are ready to pay their share if the federal government will come in and assist in making it a permanent highway to connect with the highway at New Glasgow; they will then have a perfect road right through and get clear of all the dust about which there are so many complaints at the present time.

I know it is after eleven o'clock. The minister will take quite a while to reply to this question-

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LIB

Robert Henry Winters (Minister of Resources and Development)

Liberal

Mr. Winters:

It will not take me very long to reply.

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PC

Winfield Chester Scott McLure

Progressive Conservative

Mr. McLure:

We had better have the question left over.

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LIB

Robert Henry Winters (Minister of Resources and Development)

Liberal

Mr. Winters:

None of the projects to which my hon. friend the senior member for Queens referred comes within the scope of this vote. None of them is on the route of the trans-Canada highway. He was discussing certain contemplated projects in the national park. All I can tell him is that we propose this year to complete the paving of that portion of the roadway between Dalvay and Stanhope. The other projects are outside the scope of this vote.

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LIB

Louis-René Beaudoin (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Liberal

The Chairman:

Shall this item carry?

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Some hon. Members:

Carried.

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LIB
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Some hon. Members:

Eleven o'clock.

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LIB

Robert Henry Winters (Minister of Resources and Development)

Liberal

Mr. Winters:

It does not come under this vote, Mr. Chairman.

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LIB

Louis-René Beaudoin (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Liberal

The Chairman:

The minister has just said that the questions asked do not come under this vote. Do hon. members still want to have this item left over, or do they want to carry it? Perhaps I might point out that there are two items left before we complete the engineering and water resources branch. The next item is No. 397, for $1,000, to provide for general investigation by the Northwest Territories power commission.

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Some hon. Members:

Eleven o'clock.

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PC

Alfred Johnson Brooks

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Brooks:

Mr. Chairman, it is five minutes past eleven. There are two items left. I see there are quite a number of members who would like to ask some more questions. I think the items should be allowed to stand.

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June 2, 1952