August 10, 1956

PC

Howard Charles Green

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

When that bill came up for second reading I pointed out that if only the western half of the line were built, the result would probably be that the business from Chibougamau would be turned into the Toronto area, and I urged very strongly that the eastern end of the line to Lac St. Jean should be built at the same time. In that suggestion I was supported by the hon. member for Chicoutimi, various members of the Conservative party and, I think, by one or two of the Liberal members from the Lac St. Jean area. Then when the bill went to the committee we took the same stand again. We took it when the bill came back to the house. We took that stand throughout. While I am not particularly concerned about the paternity, I certainly do not want to have my child stolen away right under my nose. If the minister is sufficiently interested and will read Hansard for that time, I think he will find that what I have set out this afternoon is correct.

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LIB

John Hornby Harrison

Liberal

Mr. Harrison:

On item 469, Mr. Chairman, before we dispose of the railway services item, I have a few remarks to make. I think what I have to say is about as relevant to this item as to any that I can find in order to ascertain from the minister what I want to know. I should like to ask him a question with regard to the Northern Alberta Railway. This railway serves directly the northern part of my constituency. My constituents are rather concerned about the fact that the railway, after about 25 or 30 years, is still under construction. Being under construction after that period of time has elapsed means only that this is a device for limiting service and increasing the freight rate. For some years that might have been something that you could justify because it was regarded as a fur trade route that had served for Mackenzie and so on, but those days have disappeared.

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LIB

William Alfred Robinson (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Liberal

The Chairman:

Order. I am sorry to interrupt the hon. member but I must point out that this vote is strictly confined to the railway between St. Felicien and Chibougamau. I am afraid that the remarks he is now making are out of order on this item.

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LIB

George Carlyle Marler (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Marler:

Make them under item 494, under board of transport commissioners.

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LIB

Item agreed to. 471. Railway employees' provident fund-to supplement pension allowances under the provisions of the Intercolonial and Prince Edward Island Railway Employees' Provident Fund Act so as to make the minimum payment during the period January 1, 1956, to March 31, 1957, the sum of $30 per month, instead of $20 per month as fixed by the said act, $11,000.


LIB

Gordon Timlin Purdy

Liberal

Mr. Purdy:

I just want to say a word on item 471 as to the railway employees and old employees on the Intercolonial Railway, whereby we are bringing their pensions up to $30. That is not good enough for this day and age. I would ask the minister next year please to take under consideration increasing this vote to bring the pensions of those retired intercolonial railway men up to a little bit more than $30 and at the same time to try to see if he cannot bring their widows under the provisions of this fund.

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LIB

Auguste Vincent

Liberal

Mr. Vincent:

With regard to the South Shore Railway, I wonder whether the men will be given any benefits since the railway-

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LIB

George Carlyle Marler (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Marler:

Mr. Chairman, I am afraid these remarks have no relevancy to the item that we are discussing at the present time.

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Item agreed to. General- 473. To provide for the expenses of an inquiry into the coasting trade of Canada authorized under the Inquiries Act, including the payment, notwithstanding the Civil Service Act, of honoraria or allowances as may be authorized by the treasury board to officers, clerks or employees permanently employed in the civil service for services rendered by them in connection with the inquiry, $32,000.


PC

Thomas Miller Bell

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Bell:

I wonder whether the minister can tell us when we may expect some word from the royal commission on postal shipping?

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LIB

George Carlyle Marler (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Marler:

Mr. Chairman, I am afraid I am unable to give a positive answer to the hon. gentleman. I have made some very casual inquiries to ascertain when the report was likely to come to hand, but I do not think it is likely to be much before the end of the year. I have not had any positive assurance from the chairman. I could not do more than merely hazard an expression of hope that it perhaps would be about that time.

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PC

Thomas Miller Bell

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Bell:

The minister does not anticipate any unreasonable delay in its findings?

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LIB

George Carlyle Marler (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Marler:

I do not think any delay is likely to be unreasonable. I think that the members of the commission are very well qualified for the task they are performing. I think that any delay that might be so

called is attributable to the fact that they are giving the matter the most serious consideration.

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Item agreed to. Air services- 474. Air services administration, $816,760.


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CCF

Thomas Speakman Barnett

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

Mr. Barnett:

I have one or two remarks that I should like to make on this.

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LIB

William Alfred Robinson (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Liberal

The Chairman:

The hon. member for York West.

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PC

John Borden Hamilton

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hamilton (York West):

I intend to talk about competition, but I did not know I was going to meet it so quickly.

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LIB

August 10, 1956