May 22, 1958

THE BUDGET


INQUIRY AS TO PROBABLE DATE OF ' PRESENTATION On the orders of the day:


LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Hon. L. B. Pearson (Leader of Ihe Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask the Minister of Finance whether, in view of the speculation in the press, informed or uninformed, he would be able to give the house any indication as to the date on which the budget will be brought down?

Topic:   THE BUDGET
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PC

Donald Methuen Fleming (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Donald M. Fleming (Minister of Finance):

Mr. Speaker, I am sure the Leader of the Opposition does not need to be warned against the danger of paying too much attention to press speculation. No date has been set as yet, but when a date has been set it will be communicated to the house.

Topic:   THE BUDGET
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TRANSPORT

BRITISH COLUMBIA


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Harold Edward Winch

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

Mr. Harold E. Winch (Vancouver East):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Transport, of which I have given him notice. Has the minister received from the clerk of the British Columbia legislature a motion to the effect that the British Columbia legislature requests increased federal responsibility for assisting necessary steamship and air transportation and communication along British Columbia's coast and in the north, with particular reference to the maintenance of basic steamer services and the establishment of air strips in otherwise isolated areas? If so, can the minister advise the house what consideration is being given to this request of the British Columbia legislature?

Topic:   TRANSPORT
Subtopic:   BRITISH COLUMBIA
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST OF LEGISLATURE FOR GREATER FEDERAL ASSISTANCE
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PC

George Harris Hees (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

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

Yes, Mr. Speaker, I did receive such a resolution from the provincial secretary of British Columbia. I advised the provincial secretary that the federal government presently subsidizes passenger and cargo services to the north part of the mainland

coast and the west coast of Vancouver island, and has under consideration proposals for extending essential water services to certain other coastal communities.

With respect to air services, it is our policy to encourage and assist their development by assisting in the construction of airports and air strips where such facilities are warranted.

The portion of the resolution requesting assistance in highway construction is not a matter dealt with by my department, and I advised the provincial secretary that I would bring this to the attention of my colleague the Minister of Public Works, whose department is more directly concerned with highway construction matters.

Topic:   TRANSPORT
Subtopic:   BRITISH COLUMBIA
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST OF LEGISLATURE FOR GREATER FEDERAL ASSISTANCE
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GREAT SLAVE LAKE

REPORT ON RAILROAD


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Mervyn Arthur Hardie

Liberal

Mr. M. A. Hardie (Mackenzie River):

Mr. Speaker, I wonder if the Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources is in a position to answer my question of Tuesday last with regard to the Great Slave lake railroad.

Topic:   GREAT SLAVE LAKE
Subtopic:   REPORT ON RAILROAD
Sub-subtopic:   CONSTRUCTION SURVEY
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PC

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

Progressive Conservative

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

In answer to the hon. member for Mackenzie River last Tuesday, I said I would look into this matter. I have not yet received any answer from the railway companies. It is their report, and it is their property.

Topic:   GREAT SLAVE LAKE
Subtopic:   REPORT ON RAILROAD
Sub-subtopic:   CONSTRUCTION SURVEY
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LIB

Mervyn Arthur Hardie

Liberal

Mr. Hardie:

May I take it that the minister has a report, and that the only difficulty now lies in tabling it?

Topic:   GREAT SLAVE LAKE
Subtopic:   REPORT ON RAILROAD
Sub-subtopic:   CONSTRUCTION SURVEY
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PC

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

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hamilton (Qu'Appelle):

Far from it, Mr. Speaker. As a courtesy the railways gave us this report. It is their property and I have no right to table it without their permission, which I am doubtful they will give.

Topic:   GREAT SLAVE LAKE
Subtopic:   REPORT ON RAILROAD
Sub-subtopic:   CONSTRUCTION SURVEY
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IMMIGRATION

INQUIRY AS TO REASON FOR REDUCTION IN ESTIMATES


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Leon David Crestohl

Liberal

Mr. L. D. Crestohl (Cartier):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. Is the cut of $4,731,000 shown in the immigration estimates tabled last week an economy resulting from the fact that there are no immigrants available for Canada, or is it an economy resulting

338 HOUSE OF

Inquiries of the Ministry from the stoppage or selectiveness of immigration to Canada as announced by the government last June and again early this year?

Topic:   IMMIGRATION
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO REASON FOR REDUCTION IN ESTIMATES
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May 22, 1958