May 28, 1958

CCF

Hazen Robert Argue

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

Mr. Hazen Argue (Assiniboia):

Mr. Speaker,

I wish to direct a question to the Minister of Agriculture. Can the minister say whether farmers who suffered loss of cattle as the result of an inoculation for rabies will be paid compensation under the Animal Contagious Diseases Act? Can the minister also say whether consideration will be given to an increase in the rates of compensation paid under the act?

Topic:   LIVESTOCK
Subtopic:   COMPENSATION FOR CATTLE LOST DUE TO RABIES
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PC

Douglas Scott Harkness (Minister of Agriculture)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. D. S. Harkness (Minister of Agriculture):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to thank the hon. member for giving me notice of his intention to ask these two questions. As far as the first is concerned, the federal government has no responsibility in connection with the death of cattle in the Thurso area due to having been vaccinated against rabies with dog vaccine instead of cattle vaccine. Consequently the answer to that question is no.

With respect to the second question, the answer is that we are giving consideration to that matter.

Topic:   LIVESTOCK
Subtopic:   COMPENSATION FOR CATTLE LOST DUE TO RABIES
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ATOMIC ENERGY

CHALK RIVER


On the orders of the day:


LIB

George James McIlraith

Liberal

Mr. G. J. Mcllraiih (Otiawa West):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Trade and Commerce. Will he advise the house as to the extent of the contamination caused by the uranium fire at the Chalk River plant of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, and how long it is expected that the NRU reactor will be closed down as a result of the accident?

Topic:   ATOMIC ENERGY
Subtopic:   CHALK RIVER
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON FIRE AT REACTOR
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PC

Gordon Minto Churchill (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Gordon Churchill (Minister of Trade and Commerce):

Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for raising this question and giving me an opportunity to make an explanation which I have received from Atomic Energy of Canada Limited.

A piece of uranium fuel rod caught fire at ten o'clock Saturday night after being removed from the NRU reactor at the Chalk River establishment of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited. The reactor had been shut

down to remove a defective rod. This operation proved difficult and part of the rod broke off and caught fire. The fire was quickly extinguished, but in the meantime radioactive dust was spread throughout the interior of the NRU building. No one was injured and the reactor and the rod removal equipment were not damaged. The reactor is likely to remain shut down for three or four weeks while the whole of the interior of the huge 12-storey building is thoroughly examined and the radioactive dust cleaned up.

The area surrounding the reactor building was not contaminated and work at the establishment is proceeding normally today-that was May 26. A road between the reactor building and a waste disposal area became slightly contaminated when some material was spilled during the clean-up operation yesterday. I have been assured that there is no danger. This is not a serious accident, and things will be back to normal there shortly.

Topic:   ATOMIC ENERGY
Subtopic:   CHALK RIVER
Sub-subtopic:   REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON FIRE AT REACTOR
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AIR TRANSPORT

AIR FRANCE


On the orders of the day:


LIB

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

Liberal

Hon. Lionel Chevrier (Laurier):

Mr. Speaker, may I direct a question to the Minister of Transport. Has an application been made on behalf of Air France for fifth freedom rights at Montreal, and has a decision been rendered thereon?

Topic:   AIR TRANSPORT
Subtopic:   AIR FRANCE
Sub-subtopic:   RIGHTS AT MONTREAL
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PC

George Harris Hees (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

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

I wish to thank the hon. member for advising me of his intention to ask this question. An application has been received and is at present under consideration by the board.

Topic:   AIR TRANSPORT
Subtopic:   AIR FRANCE
Sub-subtopic:   RIGHTS AT MONTREAL
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SHIPPING

HAMILTON, ONT. STATEMENT ON ACCIDENT INVOLVING "MANCHESTER PIONEER"


On the orders of the day:


PC

George Harris Hees (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, I should like to answer a question which was asked on Monday by the hon. member for Timmins, who inquired if I had been informed of an accident in Hamilton harbour to the Manchester Pioneer, and also if the vessel had a pilot on board.

I am advised by my officials that while passing through the Burlington canal, outward bound in a strong wind, the ship sheered and one of its derricks caught a wind brace on the bascule bridge. Damage is estimated at only $300, and the operation of the bridge has not been affected. The shipping company has accepted liability and will pay.

57071-3-37i

Inquiries of the Ministry

Hamilton is not an established pilotage district and there was no pilot on board.

Topic:   SHIPPING
Subtopic:   HAMILTON, ONT. STATEMENT ON ACCIDENT INVOLVING "MANCHESTER PIONEER"
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CCF

Douglas Mason Fisher

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

Mr. D. M. Fisher (Port Arthur):

May I ask

a supplementary question, Mr. Speaker. Can the minister inform the house whether his department has at present any plans to bring together the two parties to the pilots' dispute?

Topic:   SHIPPING
Subtopic:   HAMILTON, ONT. STATEMENT ON ACCIDENT INVOLVING "MANCHESTER PIONEER"
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PC

George Harris Hees (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hees:

Mr. Speaker, almost from the beginning of this dispute my department advised both parties that we were ready at any time to act in any way they considered would be useful in helping to bring the dispute to a satisfactory conclusion, and that we would be very glad to act if we were approached. We have not been approached by either party to act in this way.

Topic:   SHIPPING
Subtopic:   HAMILTON, ONT. STATEMENT ON ACCIDENT INVOLVING "MANCHESTER PIONEER"
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AGRICULTURE

INQUIRY AS TO DEFICIENCY PAYMENTS AND SUPPORT PRICES

May 28, 1958