December 8, 1952

LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

1 gathered the house was objecting, but in any event the simple answer to my hon. friend's question is no. I should perhaps add that negotiations did take place and a substantial and complete report respecting government facilities has been made by Canadian National Telegraphs and the British Columbia Telephone Company, but it has not been possible to study the report. I have seen officers of both companies, and I do not believe it will be possible to begin negotiations until early next year.

Inquiries of the Ministry

Topic:   COMMUNICATIONS
Subtopic:   NEGOTIATIONS FOR SALE OF B.C. TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE FACILITIES
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NATIONAL DEFENCE

ADMINISTRATION AT PETAWAWA CAMP


On the orders of the day:


PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. George A. Drew (Leader of the Opposition):

I wish to direct a question to the Acting Minister of National Defence. Is he in a position yet to inform us definitely when we may receive a copy of the report by Mr. Currie which was promised us last spring?

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   ADMINISTRATION AT PETAWAWA CAMP
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO REPORT
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LIB

Ralph Osborne Campney (Solicitor General of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. R. O. Campney (Acting Minister of National Defence):

No, Mr. Speaker, I am not in a position to say because I have not received the report yet myself.

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   ADMINISTRATION AT PETAWAWA CAMP
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO REPORT
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PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Drew:

Will the acting minister take steps to find out from Mr. Currie when the report will be available?

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   ADMINISTRATION AT PETAWAWA CAMP
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO REPORT
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LIB

Ralph Osborne Campney (Solicitor General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. Campney:

From the remarks which the minister made in the house a few days ago I understood that Mr. Currie had indicated that the report would be forthcoming within a week or ten days. I presume that estimate was made with knowledge of what was possible on his part. I do not mind making inquiry if it is desired.

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   ADMINISTRATION AT PETAWAWA CAMP
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO REPORT
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PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Drew:

I would point out that the minister made a general statement-

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   ADMINISTRATION AT PETAWAWA CAMP
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO REPORT
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Some hon. Members:

Order.

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   ADMINISTRATION AT PETAWAWA CAMP
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO REPORT
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PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Drew:

-with regard to that before he made the statement in the house that he had not been in touch with Mr. Currie. It is for that reason I ask the direct question: Will the acting minister find out from Mr. Currie when the report will be ready?

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   ADMINISTRATION AT PETAWAWA CAMP
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO REPORT
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PC

Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Graydon:

What is all the delay about anyway?

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   ADMINISTRATION AT PETAWAWA CAMP
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO REPORT
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PROPOSED ARMY TRAINING AREA, N. B.


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Daniel Aloysius Riley

Liberal

Mr. D. A. Riley (Saint John-Alberi):

I

should like to direct a question to the Acting Prime Minister. Has he at any time discussed with Mr. Donald Gordon, or any of the directors or officials of the Canadian National Railways, the location of the administration site or installations of the proposed army training area in New Brunswick?

Topic:   PROPOSED ARMY TRAINING AREA, N. B.
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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Defence Production; Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Right Hon. C. D. Howe (Acting Prime Minister):

The answer is no. I have not discussed that subject with Mr. Donald Gordon or with any director of the railway, and in fact have not seen any of them, for several months, except that I sat beside Mr. Gordon at a luncheon the other day, when we did not discuss that subject. I have no knowledge

of the problem. It is a problem for the Department of National Defence. I have not discussed it with anyone and am not competent to do so.

Topic:   PROPOSED ARMY TRAINING AREA, N. B.
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LIB

Daniel Aloysius Riley

Liberal

Mr. Riley:

I should like to direct the same question to the Minister of Transport.

Topic:   PROPOSED ARMY TRAINING AREA, N. B.
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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Hon. Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport):

I think I would have to make the same answer. I would say, however, that I have conversations with Mr. Donald Gordon from time to time but I have no recollection of having discussed that subject with him at any time, and in any event it is a matter for the Department of National Defence.

Topic:   PROPOSED ARMY TRAINING AREA, N. B.
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An hon. Member:

Better try another

minister.

Topic:   PROPOSED ARMY TRAINING AREA, N. B.
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REPORTS ON MORALE OF TROOPS IN EUROPE

December 8, 1952