January 23, 1958

PC

George Harris Hees (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hees:

Yesterday I was asked a specific question by the hon. member for Laurier. He asked if I would comment on the suggestion made at this meeting regarding the setting aside of tolls for a three to five year period, and I was asked that same question when I went to the meeting at the Seigniory club last night. I gave exactly the same answer to them as I gave to the hon. member in the house yesterday.

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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh.

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George Harris Hees (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hees:

I said that this question, the question of tolls, could not be discussed until these committees had finished their discussions. I simply expressed a general opinion, which I think the hon. member and every other member of this house would express and with which they would agree, that the seaway will not be fulfilling its proper function unless it is economically possible for a large volume of shipping to pass through it. I would like to ask the hon. member for Laurier if that is not his view, and if he does not agree that is a perfectly sensible sentiment to express.

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

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

Mr. Speaker, I think this is simply another case of a minister going out of this house and giving information to other groups-

Inquiries of the Ministry

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Some hon. Members:

No, no.

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

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

-which he refuses to give to the house.

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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear.

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Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Order. I cannot allow a debate on this question of privilege unless there is a motion before the house. Both views have been expressed, and I think the matter might be left there.

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TRANS-CANADA HIGHWAY INQUIRY AS TO FEDERAL-PROVINCIAL CONSULTATIONS RESPECTING SECOND ROUTE


On the orders of the day:


SC

Frank Claus Christian

Social Credit

Mr. F. C. Christian (Okanagan Boundary):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to address a question to the Minister of Public Works. I have not given him notice, but in view of his willingness to answer questions I would like to put the following one to him:

In view of the current unemployment situation and in the light of there being a definite need for a second trans-Canada highway, has the government had any correspondence or consultations with the provincial governments in connection with such a highway, and have any plans been considered?

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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, there have been some letters from associations concerning a second trans-Canada highway. There has been no general discussion with the provinces on that subject.

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Hazen Robert Argue

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

Mr. H. R. Argue (Assiniboia):

Mr. Speaker, may I direct a supplementary question to the minister, in which I am seeking information. Is it not correct that the government of Saskatchewan has approached this government asking that a second trans-Canada highway be undertaken? I believe that is correct.

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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

Mr. Green:

There were general discussions late last summer about the question of highways in the province of Saskatchewan, but as the hon. member knows the present Trans-Canada Highway Act only provides for the main trans-Canada highway. However, I do not think he should worry unduly. We will be doing things about highways a great deal faster than the former government ever did.

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Hazen Robert Argue

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

Mr. Argue:

Mr. Speaker, may I ask a further supplementary question. Do I take it from the minister's reply that a conference on the subject will be called at an early date?

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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

Mr. Green:

There has been no such conference, Mr. Speaker, and at the moment there is no plan for calling such a conference.

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Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Has the hon. member for Okanagan Boundary risen to speak to that point?

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Frank Claus Christian

Social Credit

Mr. Christian:

Yes, Mr. Speaker. I should like to ask the Minister of Public Works if he supports the idea of a second trans-Canada highway, and further will he give consideration to the matter raised by my question?

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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

Mr. Green:

Mr. Speaker, we are considering these and many other questions of benefit to the Canadian people; and as for my personal opinion, this cabinet moves as a unit.

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MISSION TO UNITED KINGDOM

January 23, 1958