October 21, 1957

PC

Douglas Scott Harkness (Minister of Agriculture)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Harkness:

-which is normally held the first week in December in the railway committee room. I might say that a further reason why it was not felt that it would be wise to hold a conference at that time this year is that the dominion-provincial conference which has been announced will likely be in session around that time.

Topic:   DOMINION-PROVINCIAL CONFERENCE AGRICULTURE REQUEST FOR RECONSIDERATION OF CANCELLATION OF ANNUAL MEETING
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REQUEST FOR REPRESENTATIVES OF MUNICIPALITIES TO ATTEND FORTHCOMING MEETING


On the orders of the day:


SC

Ernest George Hansell

Social Credit

Mr. E. G. Hansell (Macleod):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Prime Minister. It is in connection with the forthcoming dominion-provincial conference. Would the government consider extending to the municipalities invitations to send representatives to the dominion-provincial conference, at least as observers?

Topic:   REQUEST FOR REPRESENTATIVES OF MUNICIPALITIES TO ATTEND FORTHCOMING MEETING
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, the question of municipal representatives at a dominion-provincial conference would necessarily depend upon whether or not each of the provinces, which have set up those municipalities, so determines. That is not a matter for this government to give consideration to at this time, as I understand the constitutional position.

Inquiries of the Ministry WATER RESOURCES

Topic:   REQUEST FOR REPRESENTATIVES OF MUNICIPALITIES TO ATTEND FORTHCOMING MEETING
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RED DEER RIVER DIVERSION

INQUIRY AS TO FEDERAL-PROVINCIAL AGREEMENT


On the orders of the day:


SC

Victor Quelch

Social Credit

Mr. Victor Quelch (Acadia):

Mr. Speaker, I desire to address a question to the Minister of Agriculture. Is the federal government prepared to enter into an agreement with the government of Alberta in order that an early start may be made on the construction of the Red Deer river diversion project?

Topic:   RED DEER RIVER DIVERSION
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO FEDERAL-PROVINCIAL AGREEMENT
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PC

Douglas Scott Harkness (Minister of Agriculture)

Progressive Conservative

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

I wish to thank the hon. member for Acadia for giving me notice of his question. The government of Alberta has not requested that discussions for the construction of this project be reopened. Furthermore, I am informed that the land classification report is only partially completed, and until this is finished the engineering, power development and economic reports cannot be satisfactorily compiled and completed.

Topic:   RED DEER RIVER DIVERSION
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO FEDERAL-PROVINCIAL AGREEMENT
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HOUSING

N.H.A. LOANS-INQUIRY AS TO LEGISLATION THIS SESSION


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Alfred Claude Ellis

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

Mr. Claude Ellis (Regina City):

I desire to direct a question to the Minister of Public Works. Is it the intention of the minister to bring forward at this session amendments to the National Housing Act to provide loans with low down payments to the great number of prospective home owners in Canada who now earn incomes below the $4,000 figure?

Topic:   HOUSING
Subtopic:   N.H.A. LOANS-INQUIRY AS TO LEGISLATION THIS SESSION
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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 (Minister of Public Works):

Mr. Speaker, I am afraid it will not be possible to bring in legislation of this type during this fall session because of the other matters which are on the program.

Topic:   HOUSING
Subtopic:   N.H.A. LOANS-INQUIRY AS TO LEGISLATION THIS SESSION
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PEACE RIVER AREA

DEVELOPMENT SURVEY


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Alexander Barrett Macdonald

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

Mr. A. B. Macdonald (Vancouver-Kingsway):

I should like to address a question to the Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources. In view of the proposals of the Wenner-Gren interests with respect to power development on the Peace river, is the government contemplating any power development survey of this area in order to safeguard national interests?

Topic:   PEACE RIVER AREA
Subtopic:   DEVELOPMENT SURVEY
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PC

Francis Alvin George Hamilton (Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Alvin Hamilton (Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources):

In reply to the hon. member for Vancouver-Kingsway,

Inquiries of the Ministry may I say that this matter is under study at the present time by our department with a view to protecting the interests of the territories and other provinces that may be concerned.

Topic:   PEACE RIVER AREA
Subtopic:   DEVELOPMENT SURVEY
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October 21, 1957