January 24, 1958

TRANS-CANADA HIGHWAY INQUIRY AS TO AGREEMENT WITH QUEBEC


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Jean-Paul Stephen St-Laurent

Liberal

Mr. J. P. St. Laurent (Temiscouata):

should like to address a question to the Solicitor General.

In view of the alarming rate of increase in unemployment in the province of Quebec, would the Solicitor General say whether the federal government and the Quebec govern-

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Inquiries of the Ministry ment have come to an agreement regarding the construction of the trans-Canada highway in that province?

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PC

Léon Balcer (Solicitor General of Canada)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Leon Balcer (Solicitor General):

Mr. Speaker, I believe that this matter is one which comes within the purview of the Department of Public Works. I would therefore request the hon. member to direct his question to the appropriate minister.

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LIB

Jean-Paul Stephen St-Laurent

Liberal

Mr. St. Laurent (Temiscouata):

May I redirect my question, Mr. Speaker, to the Minister of Public Works. In view of the increasing unemployment in the province of Quebec, I might say at an alarming rate, and in the absence of a reply to my question from the Solicitor General, would the minister inform the house what progress, if any, has been made between the government of Canada and the government of the province of Quebec to bring about an agreement for the construction of the trans-Canada highway in that province?

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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, there is no agreement between the government of Canada and the government of the province of Quebec concerning the construction of the trans-Canada highway, and I know of no negotiations now under way on the subject.

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PUBLIC WORKS

RIVIERE DU LOUP


On the orders of the day:


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):

I would like to answer a question asked by the hon. member for Temiscouata yesterday in the following words:

May I ask the minister whether consideration is being given to urgent repairs, not improvements, to the wharf at Riviere du Loup, province of Quebec?

The answer is that the repairs necessary to keep the wharf at Riviere du Loup in a safe and serviceable condition will be carried out during 1958.

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Subtopic:   RIVIERE DU LOUP
Sub-subtopic:   STATEMENT ON REPAIRS TO WHARF
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INQUIRY AS TO NATION-WIDE SHELF OF PROJECTS


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Edward George McCullough

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

Mr. E. G. McCullough (Moose Mountain):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Prime Minister. In view of the widespread and high unemployment throughout Canada, is the government considering a nation-wide shelf of publicly-financed useful projects to ensure full employment? If not, why not?

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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, announcement in this regard will be made shortly. Certainly the government has been giving every consideration to the establishment of public works in

our country, to the end that where unemployment exists employment will be provided. One of our difficulties, of course, was that there was no shelf of public works, as was indicated in the white paper in 1945.

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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

We have been endeavouring to establish something in the nature of a consistent policy in this regard which will meet the needs of the time.

(Later:)

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LIB

Maurice Breton

Liberal

Mr. Maurice Breton (Jolieite-L'Assompiion-Montcalm):

Mr. Speaker, in view of the fact that the government has decided to embark upon a program of public works to help reduce unemployment, I should like to ask the minister not to forget my constituency, where 6,000 people are unemployed.

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LIB

Alexis Pierre Caron

Liberal

Mr. Alexis Caron (Hull):

Mr. Speaker, may I address a question to the Minister of Public Works. The newspapers told us yesterday that members of the Conservative party were asked to give a list of public works to be done in their constituencies. Will the same demand be made of members of other parties in this house?

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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, after the suggestion I have just had from the member who asked a question a moment ago I think it would be wise for me to say right now that I am not asking for requests from anybody on any side of the house. We will get plenty of requests without taking such initiative.

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REQUEST FOR TABLING OF LETTER TO PREMIER OF NEWFOUNDLAND

January 24, 1958