July 15, 1959

PC

George Harris Hees (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, yesterday the hon. member for Essex East showed a great interest in the shipping arrangements we have been able to work out on the west coast following the strike of Northland Navigation Company. As I advised him yesterday, the hon. member for Comox-Alberni and the hon. member for Skeena both showed great interest in this matter from the very beginning and discussed it

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Inquiries of the Ministry thoroughly with me. I kept them fully advised at all times, and thoroughly informed with regard to this matter. However, since the hon. member for Essex East shows the great interest he has, I am going to give him the information he asked for, Mr. Speaker.

Topic:   SHIPPING
Subtopic:   BRITISH COLUMBIA-STATEMENT RESPECTING PROVISION OF SERVICE TO UP-COAST COMMUNITIES
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. Pearson:

Very good of you.

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LIB

John Whitney Pickersgill

Liberal

Mr. Pickersgill:

How condescending.

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PC

George Harris Hees (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hees:

Mr. Speaker, the following substitutional services are in effect to provide essential supplies to the communities left without service as a result of the suspension of the subsidized services of Northland Navigation Company due to the strike.

1. Barkley Sound Transportation Company is instituting, on July 18, a temporary service from Port Alberni to the following ports formerly served by Northland Navigation Company. I might say to the Hansard reporter that although these names are somewhat difficult to understand I shall give him a list of them afterwards, so he need not worry too much about them. The list of ports is as follows: Ucluelet, Port Albion, Tofino, Clayoquot, Kakawis, Ahousat, Hot Springs Cove, Hesquiat, Nootka, Gold River, Mooyah Bay, Tahsis, Esperanza, Zeballos and Chamiss Bay (for Kyuquot).

Topic:   SHIPPING
Subtopic:   BRITISH COLUMBIA-STATEMENT RESPECTING PROVISION OF SERVICE TO UP-COAST COMMUNITIES
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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear.

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PC

George Harris Hees (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hees:

Oh, we are just beginning, Mr. Speaker.

2. Coast Ferries Limited is continuing to serve regularly the lower Johnstone strait ports and the islands and inlets on the route to and from Vancouver.

3. Island Tug and Barge Limited is carrying out a barge service to the upper Johnstone strait ports including Beaver Cove, Alert Bay, Port McNeil, Port Hardy and Quatsino sound.

4. The packers of the various fishing companies are serving the following ports where there are fish canneries or storage plants: Smith inlet, Rivers inlet, Skeena river, Namu, Bella Bella, Klemtu, and Butedale.

5. B.C. Packers Steamship Company Limited is giving a regular call at Bella Coola.

6. Vancouver Tug and Barge Company Limited is calling regularly at Ocean Falls.

7. Straits Towing Limited is serving Prince Rupert and Kitimat and through the latter, Kemano; these ports also have road and rail connections.

8. Straits Towing Limited is serving Mas-sett in the Queen Charlotte islands and from Massett there is road connection to Port Clements, Skidegate and Queen Charlotte city. Sandspit, the site of the Department of Transport airport, is situated opposite Skidegate on Skidegate inlet.

9. At Cumshewa inlet there were ports of call at two large logging camps which are closed because of the woodworkers' strike; there is logging road connection from these ports to Sandspit.

10. Up to this moment the Canadian maritime commission has not yet been successful in establishing a temporary service to Stewart, Kincolith, Alice Arm and Port Simpson in the Portland canal area; however, it is making every effort to organize such a temporary service out of Prince Rupert.

Mail for the coast communities is being forwarded either by air or by the services I have mentioned. Passengers will have to rely on the many air services available on the British Columbia coast, because there is no alternative steamship company with vessels available and capable of performing the required services.

The services I have described will not be as convenient as those normally given by Northland Navigation Company, but the communities served will receive the basic supplies necessary for their existence.

I hope the hon. member for Essex East has all the information that he requires to carry on, Mr. Speaker.

Topic:   SHIPPING
Subtopic:   BRITISH COLUMBIA-STATEMENT RESPECTING PROVISION OF SERVICE TO UP-COAST COMMUNITIES
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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin

Liberal

Hon. Paul Martin (Essex East):

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. In doing so, of course, I appreciate the friendly attitude the minister has taken toward me personally, but I rise not only on a point of order but on a question of privilege that affects this house.

The minister in giving his reply said he would be pleased to give an extended reply as a favour to the hon. member for Essex East who, along with two other hon. members, he said, had shown some interest in this matter. A minister's answer is not given to an hon. member as a matter of favour but as a matter of right. This is the House of Commons, and when questions are put to ministers of the crown, to those who sit on the treasury benches, answers made by them are not made out of their goodness and kindness of heart and friendship toward one member; they must be made under our constitutional practice as a matter of duty involving the recognition of the rights of parliament itself. While I appreciate the friendly attitude of the minister, I should remind him that he is a member of a government whose party and whose leader has insisted that the rights of parliament must at all times be observed.

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Subtopic:   BRITISH COLUMBIA-STATEMENT RESPECTING PROVISION OF SERVICE TO UP-COAST COMMUNITIES
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Some hon. Members:

Order.

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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin

Liberal

Mr. Martin (Essex East):

It is not observing the rights of parliament to say that ministers shall answer questions only as a favour to other members in the House of Commons. I

know the Minister of Transport will realize his constitutional breach in this particular instance.

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PC

George Harris Hees (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hees:

Mr. Speaker, at no time did I say I was giving this answer as a personal favour to the hon. member. I simply said he has shown great interest in it, and because of the great interest he had shown I was going to take great pains to give a full and complete answer. This, I take it, is hard to understand by the hon. member who was formerly a minister, because when he was asked questions when he was on this side of the house he never gave complete or informative answers.

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Subtopic:   BRITISH COLUMBIA-STATEMENT RESPECTING PROVISION OF SERVICE TO UP-COAST COMMUNITIES
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CCF

Frank Howard

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

Mr. Frank Howard (Skeena):

Mr. Speaker, I do not want to engage in any of the extraneous things I just listened to but I hope the minister and the maritime commission will apply themselves with great zeal to assure that a service will be given to the Portland canal area.

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Subtopic:   BRITISH COLUMBIA-STATEMENT RESPECTING PROVISION OF SERVICE TO UP-COAST COMMUNITIES
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Some hon. Members:

Order.

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AGRICULTURE

HOGS AND EGGS


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Samuel Boulanger

Liberal

Mr. Samuel Boulanger (Drummond-Arthabaska):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Agriculture. On April 10 the minister announced that the floor price for hogs would be reduced to $23.65 from $25 per hundredweight and that "the change in the method of supporting that floor price will come into effect just as soon as we can get the machinery ready, which might be six weeks or two months. Will the minister make an announcement of this change before the end of this session?

Topic:   AGRICULTURE
Subtopic:   HOGS AND EGGS
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO ANNOUNCEMENT OF CHANGE IN SUPPORT METHOD
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PC

Douglas Scott Harkness (Minister of Agriculture)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, I do not know when I will be in a position to make that announcement. I shall certainly make it, as I indicated at that time, as soon as possible.

Topic:   AGRICULTURE
Subtopic:   HOGS AND EGGS
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO ANNOUNCEMENT OF CHANGE IN SUPPORT METHOD
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LIB

Samuel Boulanger

Liberal

Mr. Boulanger:

Mr. Speaker, I should like to put another question to the Minister of Agriculture. On May 7 the minister announced in this house that the egg support program would be changed from an offer to purchase basis to that of a method based on deficiency payments. Will the minister be in position to announce his new policy before the end of this session?

Topic:   AGRICULTURE
Subtopic:   HOGS AND EGGS
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO ANNOUNCEMENT OF CHANGE IN SUPPORT METHOD
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PC

Douglas Scott Harkness (Minister of Agriculture)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Harkness:

I have just answered that kind of question, Mr. Speaker.

Inquiries of the Ministry CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION

Topic:   AGRICULTURE
Subtopic:   HOGS AND EGGS
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO ANNOUNCEMENT OF CHANGE IN SUPPORT METHOD
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CONVENTION ON NATIONALITY OF MARRIED WOMEN

July 15, 1959