February 24, 1955

CCF

Alexander Malcolm Nicholson

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. A. M. Nicholson (Mackenzie):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Agriculture. Has the minister received representations from a number of municipalities in northeastern Saskatchewan suggesting that the area be considered as a disaster area so that the victims of the 1954 flooding may be afforded relief?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   NORTHEASTERN SASKATCHEWAN
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR CONSIDERATION AS DISASTER AREA
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LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Right Hon. J. G. Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture):

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member was kind enough to send me notice of his question. I have looked up the files, and I find that on September 13 the municipality of Ponass Lake No. 367 wrote me with regard to the matter and forwarded the following resolution, which is quite short:

On motion of Reeve Muir, that this district be now considered as an emergency flooded area, and that financial assistance to enable the resident farmers to carry on be requested from the provincial and federal governments. A copy of this resolution to be forwarded to the Hon. James G. Gardiner, Minister of Agriculture, the Hon. T. C. Douglas, minister and premier of Saskatchewan, the Hon I. C. Nollet, minister of agriculture, Saskatchewan, and the Hon. John McIntosh, minister of municipal affairs.

I was sent a copy of that resolution, and three other municipalities sent copies of the same resolution, having received them from the secretary of this municipality. I wrote to the secretary of the municipality of Ponass Lake as follows:

Dear Mr. Westerberg:

I have yours of September 13th, and note that it is your desire to have a district established in your area which would be known as an emergency flood area and upon which you would hope to get financial assistance.

I note you are sending a copy of this resolution to me as Minister of Agriculture for Canada, and to the Hon. I. C. Nollet, minister of agriculture for Saskatchewan and to the premier and the minister of municipal affairs in the province. This would indicate that you are familiar with the general practice which is to make applications for that kind of assistance to the provincial government. It has been the practice in the past, and I presume still is, for any province to which such an application has been made to give consideration to the possibility of meeting the cost provincially before making any reference to the federal government.

I sent a copy of that letter to all the other municipalities and to the acting secretary of the wheat pool, who also sent me a copy of the resolution. I have heard nothing further with regard to it.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   NORTHEASTERN SASKATCHEWAN
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR CONSIDERATION AS DISASTER AREA
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ARROW LAKES-STATEMENT ON PRESENT POSITION


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Jean Lesage (Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources)

Liberal

Hon. Jean Lesage (Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources):

On Tuesday of this week, Mr. Speaker, the hon. member for Kootenay West (Mr. Herridge) asked me the following question:

In view of assurances given by the minister of lands, forests and mines of British Columbia that an agreement exists between the Bonneville power authority and the Kaiser corporation for the production of power in connection with the proposed Kaiser dam on the Arrow lakes, and in view of the reported statement in Washington by government officials that no agreement exists, is the minister able to give the house any information that will clarify the situation?

I said on Tuesday, sir, that I would try to secure definite information. This morning I received from our embassy in Washington a telegram dated yesterday which reads as follows:

This morning we called on Mr. Morgan D. Dubrow, manager of the Washington office of the Bonneville power authority, to see what information we could obtain at first hand about the relationship between the Kaiser aluminum company and the Bonneville power authority in connection with Kaiser's proposal to build a storage dam on the Arrow lakes.

Mr. Dubrow told us that the Bonneville power authority have signed no contract with the Kaiser aluminum company on their Arrow lakes proposal. He said that the question of a contract had been raised casually by one of Kaiser's executives a few months ago. Later the Kaiser company had made a more definite approach to the Bonneville power authority, saying that it looked as though they would be able to proceed with the construction of a storage dam on the Arrow lakes, and proposing that it might be possible to work out a contract with Bonneville for the generation and distribution of power. They proposed that the contract should provide that, of the additional power which could be generated as a result of storing water in the Arrow lakes, 20 per cent be earmarked for British Columbia and 40 per cent for the Kaiser company. The remaining 40 per cent would go to the Bonneville power authority as payment by Kaiser for the use of the authority's generating facilities. Bonneville power authority's reply was that they would have to think over this proposal before a definite answer could be given. Subsequently a committee made up of representatives from the army corps of engineers, the bureau of reclamation, the federal power commission and the Bonneville power authority was set up in the Pacific northwest for the purpose of reviewing the Kaiser proposal and its implications and reporting on its feasibility.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   ARROW LAKES-STATEMENT ON PRESENT POSITION
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CCF

Harold Edward Winch

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. Harold E. Winch (Vancouver East):

May I ask a supplementary question of the minister who has just spoken? Has the minister received a copy of or any information concerning a letter signed by Mr. William A. Pearl of the United States department of interior, Bonneville power administration, under date of August 26, to the effect that they do not have any agreement with the Kaiser people and would

Inquiries of the Ministry only consider same if a contract were made with the British Columbia government?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   ARROW LAKES-STATEMENT ON PRESENT POSITION
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LIB

Jean Lesage (Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources)

Liberal

Mr. Lesage:

No, sir, I am not aware of that letter.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   ARROW LAKES-STATEMENT ON PRESENT POSITION
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UPPER THAMES VALLEY AUTHORITY


On the orders of the day:


PC

Wallace Bickford (Wally) Nesbitt

Progressive Conservative

Mr. W. B. Nesbitt (Oxford):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources, of which I have given him notice. Has the minister as yet reached any decision with respect to the request by the upper Thames valley authority for federal aid toward the construction of two dams near the city of Woodstock, Ontario, one on the Thames river north of the city and one on Cedar creek south of the city?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   UPPER THAMES VALLEY AUTHORITY
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR AID IN CONSTRUCTION OF TWO DAMS
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LIB

Jean Lesage (Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources)

Liberal

Hon. Jean Lesage (Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources):

As I said last week, I have received briefs which involve works of much more importance than those to which the hon. member has just referred. I have received three briefs which involve very lengthy studies of their economic and technical aspects. It will take a certain time before I can reach a decision.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   UPPER THAMES VALLEY AUTHORITY
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR AID IN CONSTRUCTION OF TWO DAMS
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TRANS-CANADA AIR LINES CRASH NEAR BRAMPTON IN 1954 STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT OF PILOTS' ASSOCIATION


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. Stanley Knowles (Winnipeg North Centre):

Mr. Speaker, may I direct a question to the Minister of Transport? Has the minister been made aware of a statement by the president of the Canadian air lines pilots' association with respect to certain aspects of the report of the board of inquiry that investigated the Trans-Canada Air Lines accident near Brampton on December 17, 1954? In view of these facts-

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   TRANS-CANADA AIR LINES CRASH NEAR BRAMPTON IN 1954 STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT OF PILOTS' ASSOCIATION
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?

Some hon. Members:

Order paper.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   TRANS-CANADA AIR LINES CRASH NEAR BRAMPTON IN 1954 STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT OF PILOTS' ASSOCIATION
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CCF

Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. Knowles:

In view of these facts is the minister prepared to reconsider the question of having a public inquiry, as was his original intention?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   TRANS-CANADA AIR LINES CRASH NEAR BRAMPTON IN 1954 STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT OF PILOTS' ASSOCIATION
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LIB

George Carlyle Marler (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

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

My attention was drawn to the dispatch which appeared in the press this morning, but no representations by the pilots' association have been received by my department.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   TRANS-CANADA AIR LINES CRASH NEAR BRAMPTON IN 1954 STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT OF PILOTS' ASSOCIATION
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CCF

Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. Knowles:

May I ask a supplementary question?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   TRANS-CANADA AIR LINES CRASH NEAR BRAMPTON IN 1954 STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT OF PILOTS' ASSOCIATION
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Some hon. Members:

No.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   TRANS-CANADA AIR LINES CRASH NEAR BRAMPTON IN 1954 STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT OF PILOTS' ASSOCIATION
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CCF

Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. Knowles:

May I ask a supplementary question, Mr. Speaker? Thank you, sir. Does the minister not feel the question which has arisen regarding the 16-hour day merits further inquiry?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   TRANS-CANADA AIR LINES CRASH NEAR BRAMPTON IN 1954 STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT OF PILOTS' ASSOCIATION
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February 24, 1955