December 20, 1957

PC

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

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, the projects that I announced yesterday are not work camps; they are simply moving forward in the Department of Northern Affairs and National Resources those projects that we ordinarily do in the national parks, with one exception, the Mackenzie highway, which I described separately. Therefore, it is a question of taking ordinary work and moving it forward. As the hon. member knows, we have not too many national parks in the central provinces.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   ACCELERATED WORKS PROJECTS TO PROVIDE WINTER EMPLOYMENT
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LIB

John Whitney Pickersgill

Liberal

Hon. J. W. Pickersgill (Bonavista-Twil-lingate):

May I ask a supplementary question. Has the minister any estimate as to the number of jobs there will be in the Terra Nova park?

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   ACCELERATED WORKS PROJECTS TO PROVIDE WINTER EMPLOYMENT
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PC

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

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hamilton (Qu'Appelle):

Yes, Mr. Speaker, the Terra Nova project comes under several headings on my plan sheet. Therefore I shall have to speak subject to correction. However, I do not think the error will be serious. I would say roughly on the one project at Terra Nova there will be about 75 men. There is another project here under "roads and trails" which might add something to that number, but I would say that 75 would be about the estimate.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   ACCELERATED WORKS PROJECTS TO PROVIDE WINTER EMPLOYMENT
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LIB

John Whitney Pickersgill

Liberal

Mr. Pickersgill:

I congratulate the minister.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   ACCELERATED WORKS PROJECTS TO PROVIDE WINTER EMPLOYMENT
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PC

Thomas Miller Bell (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Thomas M. Bell (Saint John-Alberi):

Mr. Speaker, may I ask the minister a supplementary question also. Is there any mention of Fundy national park there?

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   ACCELERATED WORKS PROJECTS TO PROVIDE WINTER EMPLOYMENT
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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Official Opposition House Leader; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

Next sitting of the house.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   ACCELERATED WORKS PROJECTS TO PROVIDE WINTER EMPLOYMENT
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PC

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

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hamilton (Qu'Appelle):

Mr. Speaker, I did not expect to get all this attention. There are several projects in Fundy. One project will take 150 men and another project about 20 men. I do not know how many will come under "miscellaneous projects". That gives a total of approximately 170 in that area.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   ACCELERATED WORKS PROJECTS TO PROVIDE WINTER EMPLOYMENT
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CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

LAY-OFFS AT TRANSCONA AND FORT ROUGE


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

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

Mr. Stanley Knowles (Winnipeg North Centre):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Transport, of which I gave him oral notice, following the statement he made earlier today as to the welcome decision of Canadian National Railways to go in for

certain special projects. In view of the lay-offs that have taken place during the fall and winter at the Fort Rouge and Transcona shops of the Canadian National Railways, why did this statement not include the announcement of some special projects for those two shops as well?

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   LAY-OFFS AT TRANSCONA AND FORT ROUGE
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PC

George Harris Hees (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. George H. Hees (Minister of Transport):

This was an announcement made by Canadian National Railways today, and I simply repeated it in the house. I shall be glad to communicate with the management of Canadian National Railways to see if something can be done in Winnipeg.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   LAY-OFFS AT TRANSCONA AND FORT ROUGE
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MISSION TO UNITED KINGDOM

REQUESTS FOR STATEMENTS BY MINISTER


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Official Opposition House Leader; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Hon. Lionel Chevrier (Laurier):

May I direct a question to the Minister of Trade and Commerce, but first let me tell him that we are happy to see him back in the house and to welcome him here-

Topic:   MISSION TO UNITED KINGDOM
Subtopic:   REQUESTS FOR STATEMENTS BY MINISTER
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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear.

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Subtopic:   REQUESTS FOR STATEMENTS BY MINISTER
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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Official Opposition House Leader; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

-after what appears to have been a successful trip. I do hope the mission is more successful in fact than in appearance, but I listened with care to the news report broadcast this morning wherein I thought I understood the minister to state, among other things, that he did not think purchases made in the United Kingdom were going to take business away from Canadian firms. In view of that statement I would like to ask this question. Has the minister any estimate of the amount of trade which has already been diverted from the United States to the United Kingdom because of the trade mission?

Topic:   MISSION TO UNITED KINGDOM
Subtopic:   REQUESTS FOR STATEMENTS BY MINISTER
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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 Laurier for his kind welcome back to the house and for his complimentary remarks on a mission which achieved a success in Great Britain beyond all expectation.

I am unable to give him the information he is now seeking because we have not assembled the full information from the members of the mission who were over there. A certain number of orders were placed and others are being contemplated, but what those amount to in the diversion of orders from the United States to the United Kingdom will have to be determined later.

We stressed throughout the course of the mission that we were aiming at long-term results, and that we could not assess the success of the mission merely on what orders might be placed this month or next.

Inquiries of the Ministry

Topic:   MISSION TO UNITED KINGDOM
Subtopic:   REQUESTS FOR STATEMENTS BY MINISTER
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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Official Opposition House Leader; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

May I ask a supplementary question, Mr. Speaker. I am grateful for the answer the minister is able to give, but as I followed the results of the mission there were, it appeared to me, three orders which were of consequence by way of purchases from the United Kingdom, that of the HydroElectric Power Commission of Ontario, that of the Canadian National Railways and that of the B.C. Packers, the latter for tin plate. I would like to ask the minister if he can assure the house that this tin plate order could not have been produced in Hamilton.

Topic:   MISSION TO UNITED KINGDOM
Subtopic:   REQUESTS FOR STATEMENTS BY MINISTER
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December 20, 1957