February 1, 1955

SHIPPING

SINKING OF ICEBREAKER "LADY GREY" AFTER COLLISION WITH FERRY "CITY OF LEVIS"


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Maurice Bourget (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. Maurice Bourget (Levis):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Transport. Has the minister been informed of the unfortunate accident on the river between Quebec and Levis this morning involving the C.G.S. Lady Grey and, if so, has he any comment to make?

Topic:   SHIPPING
Subtopic:   SINKING OF ICEBREAKER "LADY GREY" AFTER COLLISION WITH FERRY "CITY OF LEVIS"
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LIB

George Carlyle Marler (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Hon. George C. Marler (Minister of Transport):

Mr. Speaker, at 6.35 this morning the C.G.S. Lady Grey, a small icebreaker operated by my department, was breaking ice to facilitate the crossing of the river by the ferry City of Levis which operates between Quebec city and Levis. While this was being done the ferry collided with the Lady Grey striking it heavily on the port side. Because of the extensive damage the Lady Grey took water rapidly and the master was obliged to abandon ship. I understand that all hands on board were picked up by the ferry and are reported safe. I am also glad to be informed that there was no loss of life, nor were there injuries among the passengers of the ferry or among the crew of either vessel. The Lady Grey has sunk in approximately 100 feet of water off Beauport shoal which, however, is not in the navigation channel.

It has been customary for my department to provide icebreaker services of this kind at Quebec city in order to assist the ferry; in fact, just this week I received representations from the operators of the ferry asking for additional help because of ice conditions this winter. My officials are making a preliminary investigation pending a decision as to the establishment of a formal board of inquiry. I regret that I have no further information at the present time.

Topic:   SHIPPING
Subtopic:   SINKING OF ICEBREAKER "LADY GREY" AFTER COLLISION WITH FERRY "CITY OF LEVIS"
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REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON GATT AND MEETING IN WASHINGTON


On the orders of the day:


PC

Donald Methuen Fleming

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Donald M. Fleming (Eglinton):

I should like to ask the Minister of Trade and Commerce when we may expect to receive from him the statement on Canadian trade policy which he promised to the house on January 10 in his statement appearing at page 20 of Hansard. Will he be prepared soon to give the house some report on the negotiations for the renewal of GATT, and also of that meeting of the ministers held with United States officials at Washington on January 5 and 6?

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LIB

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

Liberal

Right Hon. C. D. Howe (Minister of Trade and Commerce):

Owing to the length of the debate on the address in reply to the speech from the throne, Mr. Speaker, it seemed to me that I could contribute more to the expedition of the business of the house if I refrained from speaking. I have heard no great interest in trade matters displayed in this debate, and perhaps in the circumstances the statement could be deferred until an appropriate bill is before the house or until later in the session.

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PC

Donald Methuen Fleming

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fleming:

I ask the minister if he

would not take into consideration the fact that a number of members in this house, in speaking in the debate on the address, have drawn attention to important matters pertaining to the condition of Canadian trade, and the consequent effects on the Canadian economy, particularly with the important conference on GATT, now proceeding, and that no report has yet been given to the house on the conference of ministers at Washington on January 5 and 6? Will the minister not now undertake to give the statement which he promised to the house on January 10?

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Howe (Port Arthur):

I have a speech prepared, Mr. Speaker, but on rereading it I find that the facts as disclosed by the bureau of statistics and otherwise are so favourable that I fear that I would again be accused of being an optimist.

Topic:   REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON GATT AND MEETING IN WASHINGTON
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PC

Donald Methuen Fleming

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fleming:

May I ask if the minister is not going to make-

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LIB

Louis-René Beaudoin (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Order. Does not the hon. member for Eglinton think he has been given full latitude to ask his question? Not only did he ask his question but after that he made a plea that the minister should change his mind. What is he going to do now, ask another question?

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PC

Donald Methuen Fleming

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fleming:

Yes, ask another question.

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LIB

Louis-René Beaudoin (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

I would say that, in certain instances, members are abusing the leniency of the Chair.

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PC

Donald Methuen Fleming

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fleming:

May I ask the other question? It necessarily arises in view of the statement which the minister has made. Will the minister now give the house a report, first of all on the conference at Washington, and second, on what progress is being made in the negotiations for the renewal of GATT?

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Howe (Port Arthur):

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OAKVILLE

ARRANGEMENTS FOR EXCHANGE OF SITE


On the orders of the day:


February 1, 1955