July 11, 1959

ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY WELLAND CANAL REPORTED INTENTION TO DUPLICATE LOCKS


On the orders of the day:


LIB

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

Liberal

Hon. Lionel Chevrier (Laurier):

May I

direct a question to the Minister of Transport. Will he be good enough to comment on the statement made in a news broadcast last night to the effect that according to plans in his department the locks of the Welland canal will be duplicated at a cost of $150 million?

Topic:   ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY WELLAND CANAL REPORTED INTENTION TO DUPLICATE LOCKS
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PC

George Harris Hees (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, there is nothing at all in the statement. I was asked by the hon. member for Assiniboia yesterday if we had started studies regarding the need in the future for twinning the Welland canal locks, and I said that such a study had been started some time ago. I think the hon. member, having been the minister of this department, will agree that long range studies well in advance of any possibility are the sensible thing to do for a person in my position.

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NORTHLAND NAVIGATION COMPANY

USE OF SUBVENTION PAYMENTS


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Frank Howard

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

Mr. Frank Howard (Skeena):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Transport. Is the minister able to assure the house that no portion of the $294,500 subvention which is payable to the Northland Navigation Company is being used to finance the activities of gangsters and racketeers in their attempt to destroy a legitimate and responsible union which is the certified bargaining agent for certain employees of that company?

Topic:   NORTHLAND NAVIGATION COMPANY
Subtopic:   USE OF SUBVENTION PAYMENTS
Sub-subtopic:   STATEMENT ON BARGAINING AGENT BALLOT
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PC

George Harris Hees (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

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

Yes, Mr. Speaker.

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Topic:   NORTHLAND NAVIGATION COMPANY
Subtopic:   USE OF SUBVENTION PAYMENTS
Sub-subtopic:   STATEMENT ON BARGAINING AGENT BALLOT
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PC

Michael Starr (Minister of Labour)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Michael Starr (Minister of Labour):

Yesterday the hon. member for Essex East directed a question to me. He asked whether the chief executive officer of the labour relations board advised that a ballot would be permitted in connection with the bargaining agents of the Northland Navigation Company engineers, and whether that commitment was later reversed.

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I have checked this matter with the department and the answer is no.

Topic:   NORTHLAND NAVIGATION COMPANY
Subtopic:   USE OF SUBVENTION PAYMENTS
Sub-subtopic:   STATEMENT ON BARGAINING AGENT BALLOT
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CANADIAN CENTENNIAL

REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON CELEBRATION PLANS


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Hazen Robert Argue

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

Mr. Hazen Argue (Assiniboia):

I should like to direct a question to the Prime Minister. I wonder whether the Prime Minister can bring the house up to date on the plans of the government for the celebration of the Canadian centennial, and whether any consideration is being given to the recommendation of the Canada Council that a national theatre should be constructed. I am certain that Canadians are interested in the very important plans that the government no doubt has under consideration.

Topic:   CANADIAN CENTENNIAL
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON CELEBRATION PLANS
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John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, I am not at all sure that this is a proper question for the orders of the day. However, I realize the great importance of preparations being made for the celebration of Canada's centennial. Some months ago I referred to the question at length, for I believe that Canadians as a whole will expect that on the occasion of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Canada's nationhood, the necessary plans in keeping with the importance of that occasion should be made far in advance. In so far as detailed consideration is concerned, there has been none as yet. There have been preliminary discussions and also a general review of the problems that must necessarily be considered in making those preparations which will assure that proper celebrations will be achieved.

In so far as the national theatre is concerned there have been suggestions in the past, and those suggestions have met with general approbation in the house, that artistic considerations and our national destiny demand that the fullest comprehension of Canada's artistic past as well as assurances for the future should be a matter of serious deliberation on the part of every level of government. I realize that there has been a suggestion-the hon. gentleman called it a recommendation-from the Canada Council, and that would be one of those matters which would be deserving of the most serious consideration on the part of the committees to be set up and those whose responsibility it will be to assure that the centenary celebration shall be in keeping with Canada's destiny.

Inquiries of the Ministry

Hon. L. B. Pearson (Leader of the

Opposition): In view of the fact that these preparations will not likely become active for about three years or so, may I assure the Prime Minister that at that time we will be glad to associate the opposition with the full preparations.

Topic:   CANADIAN CENTENNIAL
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON CELEBRATION PLANS
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John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

I must say that I think Canadians as a whole would want to be so

associated, and I know the hon. gentleman would not want to be left out.

Topic:   CANADIAN CENTENNIAL
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON CELEBRATION PLANS
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HARBOURS

SAINT JOHN, N.B. REPORTED WRECKAGE OF PILOT BOAT


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Augustin Brassard

Liberal

Mr. Augustin Brassard (Lapointe):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Transport. I must apologize for not having given him notice of my intention to ask the question, but he may take this as notice. My question arises out of a telegram which was handed to me yesterday, and with your permission I should like to quote two sentences:

The Evening Times-Globe, Saint John, N.B., July 4, 1959, reports: "Word from Ottawa was still being awaited here this morning as to what action will be taken regarding a harbour bump which might be the wreckage of the pilot boat sunk with all seven hands in the harbour approaches in 1957".

Since none of the bodies have been recovered there is strong possibility they were trapped inside the boat which lies only 18 feet below water mark on the land side of the fairway buoy as reported by the survey team from the federal department of lands and mines.

My brother pilot William J. Murray lost his life in that ship-

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Subtopic:   SAINT JOHN, N.B. REPORTED WRECKAGE OF PILOT BOAT
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July 11, 1959