October 17, 1957

HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN

MESSAGES FROM AND TO THE PRIME MINISTER

PC

Howard Charles Green (Minister of Defence Production; Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Howard C. Green (Acting Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, the members of the house I am sure will be happy to hear the gracious message received from Her Majesty by the Prime Minister (Mr. Diefenbaker) yesterday afternoon. The Prime Minister wired her subsequent to her departure in the following words:

As Your Majesty and Prince Philip leave Ottawa to visit the United States of America I send you, with humble duty, a message of loyalty and love from all Canadians. During this historic stay Your Majesty has strengthened in us all our pride in Canada and in Canada's Queen. It is with high hope that you will come to us soon again that I bid you au revoir. May God bless Your Majesty and Prince Philip.

And the reply from Her Majesty reads as follows:

The very kind telegram which you sent to me and to my husband reached us as our aircraft took off from Uplands. I deeply appreciate the message of loyalty which it contains. We have both enjoyed to the full our days at Ottawa and keenly look forward to our return. We send our best wishes and thanks to Mrs. Diefenbaker and yourself.

Topic:   HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN
Subtopic:   MESSAGES FROM AND TO THE PRIME MINISTER
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BRIDGES

ALASKA HIGHWAY


On the orders of the day:


LIB

James Sinclair

Liberal

Hon. James Sinclair (Coast-Capilano):

Mr. Speaker, I would ask the Minister of National Defence whether he can tell the house what action his department will take to replace the bridge at Peace river on the Alaska highway which yesterday, unfortunately, fell into the river and so disrupted communications to our northland.

Topic:   BRIDGES
Subtopic:   ALASKA HIGHWAY
Sub-subtopic:   DISRUPTION OF COMMUNICATIONS OVER PEACE RIVER
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PC

George Randolph Pearkes (Minister of National Defence)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. G. R. Pearkes (Minister of National Defence):

Mr. Speaker, yesterday afternoon I was advised by the commander of the northwest highway system that the north anchor and the north cable bent of the bridge on the Alaska highway over the Peace river at Taylor flats had moved some six feet during the night of the 15-16 October.

Hon. members will recall that the bridge was built in 1942 by United States army engineers during the construction of the Alaska highway. Traffic across the bridge

was stopped immediately, and we are seeking suitable means to keep it moving by other routes.

The premier of British Columbia with whom I spoke yesterday afternoon offered the use of the new P.G.E. railway bridge. The feasibility of using that bridge is now being looked into. It is some miles upstream from the site and would require the construction of seven or eight miles of new roads and would also require planking; the rails of the railway have not yet been laid across the bridge. There is also a ferry at Clayhurst which is some 10 miles downstream. That is now operated day and night, and we have made arrangements to collect material nearer to the site of the Peace river bridge in the hope that a larger ferry may be operated there immediately. I have also sent Dr. P. L. Pratley, a well-known engineering consultant from Montreal, to carry out an on the site inspection and he is now flying to the Peace river.

I had further word this morning before I came into the house saying that the Peace river bridge is all down from the north abutment to the north pier including north cable bent. The remainder was intact, as at 2200 hours last night, but the north pier and tower may be slightly shifted.

Topic:   BRIDGES
Subtopic:   ALASKA HIGHWAY
Sub-subtopic:   DISRUPTION OF COMMUNICATIONS OVER PEACE RIVER
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LIB

James Sinclair

Liberal

Mr. Sinclair:

Thank you.

Topic:   BRIDGES
Subtopic:   ALASKA HIGHWAY
Sub-subtopic:   DISRUPTION OF COMMUNICATIONS OVER PEACE RIVER
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PIPE LINES

NORTHERN ONTARIO PIPE LINE CROWN CORPORATION


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Douglas Mason Fisher

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

Mr. D. M. Fisher (Pori Arthur):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to address this question to the Minister of Trade and Commerce. Is there any provision in the contract to be let for the pipe line east of the lakehead under the aegis of the Northern Ontario Pipe Line Crown Corporation for the clearing and rock work to be started during the late fall and winter season as a means of easing the growing unemployment problem in this area?

Topic:   PIPE LINES
Subtopic:   NORTHERN ONTARIO PIPE LINE CROWN CORPORATION
Sub-subtopic:   WINTER CONSTRUCTION
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PC

Gordon Minto Churchill (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Gordon Churchill (Minister of Trade and Commerce):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the hon. member for giving me notice of this question. I would also like to welcome him to this house as a former comrade in arms in the 12th Manitoba Dragoons, and to congratulate him on his campaign last spring which was as successful in its results as his campaign in the second world war.

Inquiries of the Ministry

With regard to his question, the contracts for the new construction that will be done on the second main leg of the Northern Ontario Pipe Line Crown Corporation line, running from, say, Port Arthur to Kapuskasing, will be let very soon. Whether or not the clearing may be done in the winter is something which will be looked into, and I thank the hon. member for drawing this to my attention. It may not be possible to do much of the rock work in the wintertime because of the very extensive blasting which is required in some of these sections, but I will have this matter investigated, and should I receive further information I will bring it to the hon. member's attention.

Topic:   PIPE LINES
Subtopic:   NORTHERN ONTARIO PIPE LINE CROWN CORPORATION
Sub-subtopic:   WINTER CONSTRUCTION
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LIVESTOCK

REPORTED OUTBREAK OF HOG CHOLERA AT LEAMINGTON, ONTARIO


On the orders of the day:


PC

Douglas Scott Harkness (Minister of Agriculture)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Douglas S. Harkness (Minister of Agriculture):

Mr. Speaker, I regret to inform the house that an outbreak of hog cholera has occurred, and I think it advisable at this time to make a statement in connection with it so that exaggerated rumours may not be circulated. The statement is as follows.

Hog cholera was identified on October 15 by clinical and post mortem findings on premises at Leamington, Ontario. Forty-five swine were involved. The premises have been placed under quarantine and the hogs were slaughtered on the same date. Payment of compensation to the owner will be made.

The swine were purchased through a community auction sale on September 26. As a precautionary measure the auction premises were placed under quarantine pending a thorough cleaning and disinfection, which has now been accomplished. All recent swine sales from the auction premises and all possible contacts with the herd are being examined for evidence of the disease. No further cases have been identified to the present. Hogs on all premises adjoining the infected farm are being treated with antihog cholera serum as a precautionary measure.

The last outbreak of hog cholera occurred in western Ontario during May to December, 1953. We hope that the prompt action taken to control this outbreak will be successful, and that it will be confined within a very small area.

Topic:   LIVESTOCK
Subtopic:   REPORTED OUTBREAK OF HOG CHOLERA AT LEAMINGTON, ONTARIO
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CCF

Hazen Robert Argue

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

Mr. H. R. Argue (Assiniboia):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to direct a question to the Minister of Agriculture arising out of his

statement on the outbreak of hog cholera. Has any decision been made as to the basis of compensation to be paid to the owners of animals that are destroyed, and is the department or the minister giving any consideration to bring in amendments to the Animal Contagious Diseases Act setting forth the basis of compensation so we shall not have any risk of repeating the situation which occurred this spring in regard to the fantastic payments for sheep?

Topic:   LIVESTOCK
Subtopic:   REPORTED OUTBREAK OF HOG CHOLERA AT LEAMINGTON, ONTARIO
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PC

Douglas Scott Harkness (Minister of Agriculture)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Harkness:

Mr. Speaker, if my memory serves me right the basis for compensation as far as swine are concerned is the market value at the time of their destruction.

Topic:   LIVESTOCK
Subtopic:   REPORTED OUTBREAK OF HOG CHOLERA AT LEAMINGTON, ONTARIO
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October 17, 1957