May 20, 1960

IMMIGRATION

REFERENCE TO SPEECH BY PRIME MINISTER IN LONDON, ENGLAND, ON MAY 2


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 Prime Minister a question arising out of a speech he made in London, England, on Monday, May 2, a text of which I saw only this morning. He said:

We shall be able to welcome and absorb into employment many tens of thousands of immigrants.

Will the Prime Minister comment on that statement made in London?

Topic:   IMMIGRATION
Subtopic:   REFERENCE TO SPEECH BY PRIME MINISTER IN LONDON, ENGLAND, ON MAY 2
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, I do not think there is any necessity for any comment. It is very sure and very definite.

Topic:   IMMIGRATION
Subtopic:   REFERENCE TO SPEECH BY PRIME MINISTER IN LONDON, ENGLAND, ON MAY 2
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LIB

Hédard-J. Robichaud

Liberal

Mr. Robichaud:

Tell us where.

Topic:   IMMIGRATION
Subtopic:   REFERENCE TO SPEECH BY PRIME MINISTER IN LONDON, ENGLAND, ON MAY 2
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CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

LONDON, ONT. TRANSFER OF CAR SHOPS TO MONTREAL


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Hazen Robert Argue

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

Mr. Hazen Argue (Assiniboia):

On May 6

the Minister of Transport informed the house that he would take the request of the hon. member for Essex East to the president of the C.N.R. I am wondering if the Minister of Transport can say, after taking this request to the president of the C.N.R., whether a meeting has been held between the president and the mayor of London, and whether he has intervened in the decision to close the car repair shops at London and move them to Montreal.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   LONDON, ONT. TRANSFER OF CAR SHOPS TO MONTREAL
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PC

George Harris Hees (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

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

Yes, Mr. Speaker, I passed on the request of the hon. member for Essex East to the president of the C.N.R. I do not know whether a meeting has been held between him and the mayor of London.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   LONDON, ONT. TRANSFER OF CAR SHOPS TO MONTREAL
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CCF

Hazen Robert Argue

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

Mr. Argue:

Since this is a very difficult and urgent problem, would the minister care to get in touch with the president of the C.N.R. and make a report to the house?

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   LONDON, ONT. TRANSFER OF CAR SHOPS TO MONTREAL
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PC

George Harris Hees (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hees:

Mr. Speaker, as I have explained several times in the house, I have

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talked about this matter on a number of occasions with the president of the Canadian National Railways. As a result of my speaking to him a re-examination of the whole situation took place in great detail. Every possible consideration was given to this matter. Every effort was made to keep the shops at London in operation and it was with great reluctance, as I have explained several times in the house, that the C.N.R. management had to come to the conclusion that it was impossible to keep the shops going. I am afraid I cannot tell the hon. member anything else.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   LONDON, ONT. TRANSFER OF CAR SHOPS TO MONTREAL
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CCF

Hazen Robert Argue

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

Mr. Argue:

A supplementary question-

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   LONDON, ONT. TRANSFER OF CAR SHOPS TO MONTREAL
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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin

Liberal

Hon. Paul Martin (Essex East):

May I ask

a supplementary question. Will the minister, notwithstanding all he says, as Minister of Transport nevertheless seek to persuade, if that is all he can do, the president of the railroad who is in Ottawa today to meet with the mayor of the city of London in order to see if further consideration can be given to this matter? Surely the least we are entitled to-

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   LONDON, ONT. TRANSFER OF CAR SHOPS TO MONTREAL
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Some hon. Members:

Question.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   LONDON, ONT. TRANSFER OF CAR SHOPS TO MONTREAL
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PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Order. The hon. member has completed his question.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   LONDON, ONT. TRANSFER OF CAR SHOPS TO MONTREAL
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PC

George Harris Hees (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hees:

Mr. Speaker, I have spoken to the president of Canadian National Railways who, as the hon. member said, is in Ottawa today. I have discussed this matter again with him, and he does not see any useful purpose in again seeing the representatives of the city of London.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   LONDON, ONT. TRANSFER OF CAR SHOPS TO MONTREAL
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CCF

Hazen Robert Argue

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

Mr. Argue:

A supplementary question. I wonder whether the minister is prepared to meet the mayor-

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   LONDON, ONT. TRANSFER OF CAR SHOPS TO MONTREAL
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PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Order. I feel that four sup-plementaries all to the same effect are enough for one question.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   LONDON, ONT. TRANSFER OF CAR SHOPS TO MONTREAL
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May 20, 1960