January 24, 1958

CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

WINDSOR-STATEMENT ON CONSTRUCTION OF STATION


On the orders of the day:


PC

George Harris Hees (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, on Monday last the hon. member for Essex West asked if a recommendation would be made to Canadian National Railways to proceed with the construction of the new station at Windsor. I indicated in reply that this matter had already been brought to the attention of the management. I might say that the hon. member for Essex South has for some time also made representations in this regard.

It is the intention of the railway to provide the new express facilities this year and proceed with the erection of the passenger station next year, with construction to be started in the spring. I am now advised that the company has in preparation the plans and specifications for the express building, and will make every endeavour to get the work under way just as soon as possible.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   WINDSOR-STATEMENT ON CONSTRUCTION OF STATION
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TORONTO

REQUEST FOR IMPROVED COMMUTER


On the orders of the day:


PC

Cecil A. (Tiny) Cathers

Progressive Conservative

Mr. C. A. Cathers (York North):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Transport. Is Canadian National Railways giving consideration to the establishment of more adequate commuter train service into Toronto from the adjoining suburban municipalities? I am asking this question in the house because there are many large cities across Canada which have the same traffic problems.

Topic:   TORONTO
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR IMPROVED COMMUTER
Sub-subtopic:   SERVICE
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PC

George Harris Hees (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

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

Yes, Mr. Speaker. I have received also representations in this regard from the hon. member for York-Scarborough. I have spoken about this matter to the management of Canadian National Railways, and they have this matter under active consideration at the present time.

Topic:   TORONTO
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR IMPROVED COMMUTER
Sub-subtopic:   SERVICE
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LIB

George Carlyle Marler

Liberal

Hon. George C. Marler (St. Anloine-Wesl-mount):

May I ask a supplementary question. Can the minister indicate when the consideration is likely to reach a conclusion, because so far as I recall the circumstances it was under consideration two years ago.

Topic:   TORONTO
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR IMPROVED COMMUTER
Sub-subtopic:   SERVICE
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PC

George Harris Hees (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hees:

In answer to the hon. member's question may I say that I feel sure this matter will reach a conclusion far quicker than it was able to be reached under the previous government, when no conclusion was reached.

Topic:   TORONTO
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR IMPROVED COMMUTER
Sub-subtopic:   SERVICE
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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

MATTAWA, ONT. STATEMENT ON REQUEST FOR OPENING OF OFFICE


On the orders of the day:


PC

Michael Starr (Minister of Labour)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Michael Starr (Minister of Labour):

Mr. Speaker, in answer to a question put to me by the hon. member for Nipissing on Wednesday last, I should like to inform him that according to information I have received from the officials of the unemployment insurance commission they are conducting an inquiry concerning the possibility of opening an office in Mattawa, as he requested. As soon as they have all the facts at their disposal, I shall give the information to the hon. member.

At this moment I wish to inform the house that a number of inquiries have been received relating to the establishment of new offices for the unemployment insurance commission. All such inquiries are being carefully reviewed in the light of local conditions, and where a definite need is shown the matter will be proceeded with accordingly. I hope to have a more complete answer for the hon. member before long.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Subtopic:   MATTAWA, ONT. STATEMENT ON REQUEST FOR OPENING OF OFFICE
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EXTERNAL AFFAIRS


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Alistair McLeod Stewart

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

Mr. Alistair Stewart (Winnipeg North):

should like to direct a question to the Secretary of State for External Affairs. Is the minister prepared to present for discussion at the next NATO council meeting at which he is present the resolution unanimously adopted by the NATO parliamentarians' conference asking for the convening of an Atlantic conference similar to that held at The Hague in 1948?

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   RESOLUTION REQUESTING CONVENING OF ATLANTIC CONFERENCE
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PC

Sidney Earle Smith (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Sidney E. Smith (Secretary of State for External Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for the copy of this question which he had sent to me. The resolution on an Atlantic congress and Atlantic high level citizens' conference adopted by the third annual NATO parliamentarians' conference, the so-called Kefauver resolution, was in two parts. The first instructed committees of the conference to make arrangements for convening an Atlantic congress in 1959 in connection with the tenth anniversary of the North Atlantic treaty. That resolution requested heads of government to support this proposal at the NATO meeting in December.

The second part recommended that all NATO governments should, in consultation with the standing and political committees of the NATO parliamentarians' conference, 96698-236

Inquiries of the Ministry bring about a conference in 1958 composed of leading representative citizens to examine how greater co-operation and unity of purpose among NATO countries can best be achieved.

It was not found possible, Mr. Speaker, in the time available to consider the first part of this resolution at the NATO summit meeting in December. However, I assume that my hon. friend has in mind the second part of the resolution which deals with the bringing about of a conference in 1958. I would interpolate here that as a result of the meeting of NATO heads of government last December, a course has been charted toward even greater co-operation among NATO members in not only the military but also the political, economic, cultural and technical fields. I am personally optimistic that this unity of purpose and mutual co-operation, which has reached a degree unprecedented among free nations, will be strengthened.

I can assure the hon. member that the recommendation of the NATO parliamentarians' -conference-that is the second part of the resolution-is being given careful thought, and we are also investigating what support for the convening of such a conference may be expected from our NATO partners at the meeting of the council to be held next March. It is, however, premature to say what action will be taken in the council in respect of this matter at that March meeting of the North Atlantic council.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   RESOLUTION REQUESTING CONVENING OF ATLANTIC CONFERENCE
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CCF

Alistair McLeod Stewart

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

Mr. Stewart (Winnipeg North):

May I ask

a supplementary question. Do I understand that the government is prepared to bring this matter up for discussion at the March meeting of the council?

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   RESOLUTION REQUESTING CONVENING OF ATLANTIC CONFERENCE
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January 24, 1958