January 28, 1958

SUPPLEMENTARY ESTIMATES, 1957-58


A message from His Excellency the Governor General transmitting further supplementary estimates (3) for the financial year ending March 31, 1958, was presented by Hon. Donald M. Fleming (Minister of Finance), read by Mr. Speaker to the house, and referred to the committee of supply.


DOMINION-PROVINCIAL CONFERENCE TABLING OF ENGLISH TEXT OF VERBATIM REPORT

PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, on November 27 last I tabled in the house verbatim reports of the proceedings of the dominion-provincial conference, and I said at that time that the final printed form of the proceedings would be distributed to each hon. member of this house in due course.

With the leave of the house I would now like to table two copies of the printed form in English. Copies are being distributed today to all members. The French text of the proceedings will not be completed for about a week, but in view of the fact that we are discussing this matter during the course of this week I thought hon. members would like to have copies of the English text.

Topic:   DOMINION-PROVINCIAL CONFERENCE TABLING OF ENGLISH TEXT OF VERBATIM REPORT
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TABLING OF LETTER FROM PREMIER OF NEW BRUNSWICK


On the orders of the day:


PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, yesterday the hon. member for Bonavista-Twillingate asked for copies of correspondence with the provinces which has not yet been tabled, arising from the dominion-provincial conference. I have now received word from the premier of New Brunswick, and by leave of the house I should like to table two communications between Hon. Hugh John Flemming and myself.

Topic:   TABLING OF LETTER FROM PREMIER OF NEW BRUNSWICK
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LIB

John Whitney Pickersgill

Liberal

Mr. Pickersgill:

Would the Prime Minister agree to having that exchange published as an appendix to Hansard?

Topic:   TABLING OF LETTER FROM PREMIER OF NEW BRUNSWICK
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PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Is it agreed that this document just tabled may be printed as an appendix to Hansard?

Topic:   TABLING OF LETTER FROM PREMIER OF NEW BRUNSWICK
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Some hon. Members:

Agreed.

[For text of documents above referred to, see appendix, page 3946.]

Topic:   TABLING OF LETTER FROM PREMIER OF NEW BRUNSWICK
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ATOMIC ENERGY

STATEMENT ON CONSTRUCTION OF PLANT AT MONROE, MICHIGAN


On the orders of the day:


PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member for Essex West asked me a question as to whether or not a report requested by the U.A.W. international union on the construction of an atomic energy plant at Monroe, Michigan, had been received and, if so, was I satisfied that the public safety is assured.

The reactor referred to is a large power reactor being built on the shore of lake Erie near Monroe, Michigan. A permit for the construction of this reactor was issued by the United States atomic energy commission in August of 1956. The commission pointed out, however, that the permit was conditional since the design details were not final, and it emphasized that a licence for operation would not be granted until the commission was satisfied as to the safety of the reactor. Later, as a result of opposition to the construction permit, the commission scheduled public hearings on the safety aspects of the reactor. These hearings have recently been completed and as yet no decision has been announced by the commission.

The Canadian government, through the atomic energy control board, has been following this project closely since its inception. Information has been obtained from the atomic energy commission, and Canadian representatives have attended the public hearings in Washington. The board's advisers have pointed out that there is no hazard in construction operations, and they are of the opinion that a reactor of the contemplated type can be designed so as to be capable of safe operation. They have pointed out, however, that until details of the final design are available a full assessment of the safety of this project is not possible.

Inquiries of the Ministry

Representations have been made to the United States government setting out the interest of the Canadian government in this matter and its desire to be kept informed of the progress in the design of this reactor. Further representations will be made if it appears that operation might result in a hazard to the Canadian public.

Topic:   ATOMIC ENERGY
Subtopic:   STATEMENT ON CONSTRUCTION OF PLANT AT MONROE, MICHIGAN
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PUBLIC BUILDINGS

WINDSOR


On the orders of the day:


PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, may I take this

opportunity to reply to a question asked me by the hon. member for Essex West. The hon. member asked me on two occasions, the last of which was on January 13, if I had received any communications with respect to assistance in building an auditorium in Windsor.

I have to depend on the officials in these matters. The files have been searched and no record of such a communication has been found. However, the Minister of Finance received a letter from the hon. member for Essex East on October 18 to which the Minister of Finance replied, and he referred the request to the Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources. For the purpose of the record I am tabling this correspondence.

Topic:   PUBLIC BUILDINGS
Subtopic:   WINDSOR
Sub-subtopic:   STATEMENT ON REQUEST FOR AID FOR CIVIC AUDITORIUM
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INQUIRY AS TO ERECTION OF NEW ARMOURIES


On the orders of the day:


January 28, 1958