April 11, 1957

LIB

Ralph Osborne Campney (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, the plans to provide the three additional fighter squadrons to which my hon. friend has referred have not been abandoned, but they have had to be postponed for some time for a number of reasons, the principal one of which is that we have extended the NATO air training scheme for another year to take care of 360 West German pilots and certain other pilots from some of the smaller countries. The provision of these three fighter squadrons was tied up with the reorganization of the training scheme and there will be some delay, but they are not being abandoned.

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   PROPOSED CONSTITUTION OF THREE NEW FIGHTER SQUADRONS
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PC

Douglas Scott Harkness

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Harkness:

A supplementary question, Mr. Speaker. Can the minister indicate when

the constitution of these three fighter squadrons will be proceeded with?

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   PROPOSED CONSTITUTION OF THREE NEW FIGHTER SQUADRONS
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LIB

Ralph Osborne Campney (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. Campney:

No, Mr. Speaker; at the

moment I cannot give definite dates.

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   PROPOSED CONSTITUTION OF THREE NEW FIGHTER SQUADRONS
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THE SENATE

INQUIRY AS TO FILLING OF VACANCIES


On the orders of the day:


PC

John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. G. Diefenbaker (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to address a question to the Prime Minister. With the approach of the end of this parliament, and having regard to the number of vacancies in the Senate, is it the Intention of the Prime Minister, under whose jurisdiction the appointments come, to make any appointments before the writs are issued or after the writs are issued but before election day?

Right Hon. L. S. St. Laurent (Prime

Minister): There is no intention to make any appointments before the writs are issued, because I hope the writs will be issued tomorrow, and it is not intended to have any appointments made in the meantime. As to whether or not there will be appointments made between the issue of the writs and the date of election, I would not like to make any commitment one way or the other. There is one particular possible appointment that has been under consideration for a number of months, and with respect to which I would not anticipate that it would be possible to proceed before the date of the election. There might be others. That will depend upon whether I should find it in the public interest that I should take the responsibility, not of making the appointments but of recommending the appointments, in accordance with constitutional practice.

Topic:   THE SENATE
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO FILLING OF VACANCIES
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

That is a distinction without a difference. In view of the fact that the Prime Minister has said that the writs are going to be issued tomorrow-

Topic:   THE SENATE
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO FILLING OF VACANCIES
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LIB

Louis Stephen St-Laurent (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. St. Laurent (Quebec East):

I hope.

Topic:   THE SENATE
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO FILLING OF VACANCIES
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

-will he now let the

house in on the very open secret of the date of the election?

Topic:   THE SENATE
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO FILLING OF VACANCIES
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LIB

Louis Stephen St-Laurent (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. St. Laurent (Quebec East):

Mr. Speaker, it is not an open or closed secret. I have stated in the house, and it is still the situation, that I hope this session can be prorogued either today or tomorrow. It is then my intention to recommend dissolution immediately after the prorogation of parliament, and if dissolution can take place this week it will be possible to have the election on June 10.

Topic:   THE SENATE
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO FILLING OF VACANCIES
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WATER RESOURCES

INQUIRY AS TO MEETING WITH UNITED STATES OFFICIALS


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Herbert Wilfred Herridge

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

Mr. H. W. Herridge (Kootenay West):

wish to direct a question to the Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources, Mr. Speaker. Can the minister inform the house when meetings of representatives of Canada and the United States on problems surrounding the development of the Columbia and other international rivers will commence in Washington?

Topic:   WATER RESOURCES
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO MEETING WITH UNITED STATES OFFICIALS
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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):

Sir, the meeting has been arranged to take place in Washington on May 20.

Topic:   WATER RESOURCES
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO MEETING WITH UNITED STATES OFFICIALS
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CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

STATEMENT ON FUELING AND REPAIRS OF DIESEL LOCOMOTIVES AT PORT HURON


On the orders of the day:


LIB

George Carlyle Marler (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, some days ago the hon. member for Lambton West asked a question concerning the fueling of diesel locomotives of the Canadian National Railways. I would like to say that I made inquiries of the management of the railway company, and am informed that Port Huron is used as a fueling point for diesel locomotives because facilities are available there to provide fuel direct to the locomotives when on the main track. Of course the hon. member would appreciate that no additional staff is required in connection with this servicing operation.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   STATEMENT ON FUELING AND REPAIRS OF DIESEL LOCOMOTIVES AT PORT HURON
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April 11, 1957