November 8, 1957

NATIONAL DEFENCE

U.S.-CANADA REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON DEFENCE CO-OPERATION


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson

Liberal

Hon. L. B. Pearson (Algoma East):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask the Prime Minister whether, having regard to recent developments and particularly in view of the references to the matter made by President Eisenhower in his address to the American people last night, he would make a full statement to this house at the earliest possible date on defence co-operation between the United States and Canada and, more particularly, on co-operation in the field of defence research and development.

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   U.S.-CANADA REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON DEFENCE CO-OPERATION
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

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

Yes, Mr. Speaker, I will discuss

the matter with the hon. gentleman, and as soon as possible a statement will be made.

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   U.S.-CANADA REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON DEFENCE CO-OPERATION
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IRRIGATION

SOUTH SASKATCHEWAN RIVER


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Willis Merwyn (Merv) Johnson

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

Mr. W. M. Johnson (Kindersley):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to address a question to the Prime Minister. Has the Prime Minister received any communication from the province of Saskatchewan that would indicate any change in the responsibilities which that province has already accepted with regard to the building of the South Saskatchewan dam? Further, what action is this government taking to meet with the province of Saskatchewan to discuss an early start on the dam construction project, as promised by the Prime Minister during the course of the election campaign?

Topic:   IRRIGATION
Subtopic:   SOUTH SASKATCHEWAN RIVER
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO CONSTRUCTION START
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, as far as the promise to proceed with the construction of the South Saskatchewan dam is concerned, that promise will be carried out just as soon as the province of Saskatchewan and the federal government have arrived at a decision as to the distribution of financial responsibility for the construction work. I hope that at an early date a meeting can be arranged.

As far as the practicability of the scheme is concerned, and its feasibility, we believe that has been determined. There is no need to convince the members of this government and of this party as to feasibility and practicability. All that remains is to reach an agreement as to the division of responsibility, and I hope that steps to achieve that agreement will be taken at the earliest possible date.

Topic:   IRRIGATION
Subtopic:   SOUTH SASKATCHEWAN RIVER
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO CONSTRUCTION START
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CCF

Willis Merwyn (Merv) Johnson

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

Mr. Johnson (Kindersley):

On a point of clarification, Mr. Speaker; did the Prime Minister indicate that there has been any indication from the province of Saskatchewan that they would not accept the responsibility which they have already stated they would accept in connection with the dam?

Topic:   IRRIGATION
Subtopic:   SOUTH SASKATCHEWAN RIVER
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO CONSTRUCTION START
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Mr. Speaker, I speak entirely from recollection. The only information I have had as to a changed viewpoint was contained in press references-

Topic:   IRRIGATION
Subtopic:   SOUTH SASKATCHEWAN RIVER
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO CONSTRUCTION START
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?

Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh.

Topic:   IRRIGATION
Subtopic:   SOUTH SASKATCHEWAN RIVER
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO CONSTRUCTION START
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John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

-in connection with a statement reported to have been made by the provincial treasurer of Saskatchewan, that in his opinion the entire cost should be borne by the federal government. As far as any direct communication to that effect is concerned, there has been no suggestion that I have received any communication of that nature; but I take it that if the treasurer was correctly reported he would be speaking for the government of Saskatchewan.

Topic:   IRRIGATION
Subtopic:   SOUTH SASKATCHEWAN RIVER
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO CONSTRUCTION START
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SOUTH SASKATCHEWAN RIVER

INQUIRY AS TO ATTITUDE OF PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT


On the orders of the day:


LIB

John Hornby Harrison

Liberal

Mr. J. H. Harrison (Meadow Lake):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to address a question to the Prime Minister, if I may. In view of the aptitude of socialists generally, and the Douglas government in Saskatchewan in particular, for loading their responsibilities on someone else, would not the Prime Minister, in making his unqualified commitment to start construction of the South Saskatchewan dam within six months of being elected, naturally anticipate that he would be called upon to fulfil his promise himself and without regard to the attitude of the provincial government?

Topic:   SOUTH SASKATCHEWAN RIVER
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO ATTITUDE OF PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT
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PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Order. May I say to the hon. member that he must have composed

Inquiries of the Ministry that speech with very great care. It is one of those questions that does not seem to seek an answer.

Topic:   SOUTH SASKATCHEWAN RIVER
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO ATTITUDE OF PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT
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AIRPORTS

November 8, 1957