February 19, 1959

PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

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

Yes, Mr. Speaker, I shall be glad to do that.

Topic:   NATIONAL CAPITAL PLAN
Subtopic:   OTTAWA RIVER BRIDGE
Sub-subtopic:   STATEMENT BY CHAIRMAN OF COMMISSION
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COLUMBIA RIVER

CANADA-UNITED STATES TALKS ON DOWNSTREAM BENEFITS


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Herbert Wilfred Herridge

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

Mr. H. W. Herridge (Kootenay West):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to direct a question to the Secretary of State for External Affairs. As the format of my question is identical with that used by the present Minister of Justice when he was a member of the opposition, I trust it will be in order. My question arises out of a government press release in this morning's papers stating that satisfactory progress has been made at Canada-United States talks on downstream benefits in sharing the power potential of the Columbia river.

Would the minister inform the house if this press release is correct; who is responsible for the same, and whether he has any further information he can give to the house at this time on this important matter.

Topic:   COLUMBIA RIVER
Subtopic:   CANADA-UNITED STATES TALKS ON DOWNSTREAM BENEFITS
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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):

I thank the hon. member for having given me notice of his intention to ask this question. With respect to the propriety of asking this question, I have some doubt as to whether I am obliged under the rules of the house to answer a question as to the validity or correctness of a newspaper report. Having registered that doubt, however-

Topic:   COLUMBIA RIVER
Subtopic:   CANADA-UNITED STATES TALKS ON DOWNSTREAM BENEFITS
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PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

If the minister raises the point of order, the first part of the question is objectionable and contrary to the rule, but the question goes beyond that and I allowed it to pass on that account.

Topic:   COLUMBIA RIVER
Subtopic:   CANADA-UNITED STATES TALKS ON DOWNSTREAM BENEFITS
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CCF

Herbert Wilfred Herridge

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

Mr. Herridge:

This was the habit of the Minister of Justice in former days.

Inquiries of the Ministry

Topic:   COLUMBIA RIVER
Subtopic:   CANADA-UNITED STATES TALKS ON DOWNSTREAM BENEFITS
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PC

Edmund Davie Fulton (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fulton:

It never was. However, the hon. gentleman is accustomed to taking liberties, so perhaps he should be allowed to take this one.

Topic:   COLUMBIA RIVER
Subtopic:   CANADA-UNITED STATES TALKS ON DOWNSTREAM BENEFITS
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PC

Sidney Earle Smith (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Smith (Haslings-Fronlenac):

Mr. Speaker, with respect to the second part of the question, if that report be true, if the press release came from the international joint commission, I have no further comment.

Topic:   COLUMBIA RIVER
Subtopic:   CANADA-UNITED STATES TALKS ON DOWNSTREAM BENEFITS
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CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION

MONTREAL


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Douglas Mason Fisher

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

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

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the minister who answers for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. In view of the rejection this morning by the unions of what the C.B.C. described as its ultimate offer, can the minister bring us up to date on the present position of this particular labour situation?

Topic:   CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION
Subtopic:   MONTREAL
Sub-subtopic:   STRIKE POSITION
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PC

James MacKerras Macdonnell (Minister Without Portfolio)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. J. M. Macdonnell (Acting Minister of National Revenue):

Mr. Speaker, as the hon. gentleman is apparently aware, negotiations have been taking place during the past few days in Ottawa between representatives of the unions and the C.B.C. The representatives of the unions left Ottawa early this morning for Montreal to review their position with the union membership in the light of these discussions.

According to last reports the union membership indicated that they would not accept the proposals made by the C.B.C. and it is reported that they plan another meeting within a couple of days.

Topic:   CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION
Subtopic:   MONTREAL
Sub-subtopic:   STRIKE POSITION
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INQUIRY AS TO WIRE-TAPPING OF UNION HOTEL ROOMS


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Douglas Mason Fisher

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

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

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question on the same topic to the Minister of Transport. Can the minister indicate if he is going to report on requests made that the C.N.R. check the possibility that rooms in the Chateau Laurier used by the unions negotiating with the C.B.C. had been wire-tapped?

Topic:   INQUIRY AS TO WIRE-TAPPING OF UNION HOTEL ROOMS
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PC

George Harris Hees (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for having given me notice of his intention to ask this question. Immediately upon receiving notice I contacted Mr. Mann, the manager of the Chateau Laurier hotel, and he tells me that neither he nor any of the managerial staff has any knowledge of such a procedure having taken place, nor do they think it would be possible.

Inquiries of the Ministry

Topic:   INQUIRY AS TO WIRE-TAPPING OF UNION HOTEL ROOMS
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PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

May I say about questions of that kind that when hon. members choose to repeat statements which they take from the press as worthy of consideration in the house, they take the responsibility themselves for those statements.

Topic:   INQUIRY AS TO WIRE-TAPPING OF UNION HOTEL ROOMS
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February 19, 1959