December 1, 1960

NATIONAL DEFENCE

SUGGESTED POOL OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Hon. L. B. Pearson (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask the Prime Minister whether he can give any report or make any comment on the proposal that has been made by the supreme commander of NATO for the establishment of a pool of nuclear arms under NATO control.

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   SUGGESTED POOL OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, naturally I have read and heard of the representations made by General Norstad, and I can only say this. I believe there is a possibility of a meeting of NATO heads of government within the next few months, possibly next spring, to review the future of the North Atlantic alliance and, of course, to discuss all those matters which are of peculiar moment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

There will, of course, be a meeting of foreign ministers and other ministers in Paris in just over two weeks' time. No doubt discussions will then take place regarding any matters that are considered to be of significance in connection with this important organization.

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Subtopic:   SUGGESTED POOL OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS
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CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

MONCTON, N.B. REHIRING OF MEN GIVEN LAY-OFF NOTICES


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 Minister of Transport. In view of a telegram sent yesterday and signed by L. K. Abbott, general chairman of the Canadian brotherhood of railway transport and general workers, stating that local railway officers in Moncton have indicated that 124 employees who were given lay-off notices would not be rehired unless traffic increases, although the presidents of both railways and other officers have publicly stated that lay-off notices had a bearing on the strike action, would the minister assure the house that all the 124 employees will be rehired and maintained in their positions on the continuation of railway operations?

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   MONCTON, N.B. REHIRING OF MEN GIVEN LAY-OFF NOTICES
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PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

I take it that the hon. member is expressly relating his question to the bill which is presently before the house providing for a continuation of railway operations. If I am correct in that, I would suggest that this is previous, because the house has not yet disposed of the bill.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   MONCTON, N.B. REHIRING OF MEN GIVEN LAY-OFF NOTICES
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CCF

Hazen Robert Argue

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

Mr. Argue:

I am quite willing to wait until the bill is discussed in committee, but I ask this question now because I raised similar questions about these employees yesterday and the day before-though, it is true, the terminology was somewhat different-and a reply was promised by the minister. I hoped the minister would be able to give the house a reply at this time.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   MONCTON, N.B. REHIRING OF MEN GIVEN LAY-OFF NOTICES
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PC

Léon Balcer (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Leon Balcer (Minisier of Transport):

I have now heard from the Canadian National Railways in reply to my inquiry concerning the question asked yesterday by the hon. member. As far as the question he has just asked is concerned, I received notice of it only as I was walking to the house, but I will take it up with the management.

In the question he asked the day before yesterday, and to which we referred yesterday, the hon. member for Assiniboia mentioned a telegram wherein a charge was made that there have been unnecessary and spiteful layoffs by the Canadian National Railways of non-operating employees. At that time I repeated an answer I had given to a previous question, namely that the management had advised me that work force reductions which had been made were part of the adjustments which must accompany variations in traffic volume.

The management of Canadian Nationa. Railways has now categorically denied the al legations made, and assert that they are without foundation. Furthermore, in anticipation of the legislation now being considered by the house, and of the traffic volume of the railway being restored, the Canadian National has already taken steps toward the reinstatement of employees.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   MONCTON, N.B. REHIRING OF MEN GIVEN LAY-OFF NOTICES
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COLUMBIA RIVER-REPRESENTATIONS ON PREJUDICIAL RESULTS OF TREATY


On the orders of the day:


PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

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

Yesterday the hon. member for Kootenay West asked me this question:

Has the Prime Minister received telegrams and other communications from the city of Revelstoke,

Inquiries of the Ministry chambers of commerce and other organizations in the Kootenays urging deferment of final consideration of any treaty with respect to the development of the Columbia-

And so forth. That question appears on page 340 of Hansard.

I have checked with my office and ascertained that communications of the kind mentioned have been received. With respect to the possible presentation of a brief, it has always been the intention of the federal government and the provincial representatives concerned in these negotiations that public hearings shall be held in accordance with the provisions of the water rights legislation of British Columbia. When these hearings are convened, all interested parties will have a full opportunity of making known their views.

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CCF

Herbert Wilfred Herridge

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

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

The

organizations and persons directly concerned with sending the telegrams and other communications are aware of that, but they are very interested in having the opportunity of presenting the brief directly to the Prime Minister, having in mind that they might get a more sympathetic hearing. Would the Prime Minister consider that?

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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

I appreciate the statement that the Prime Minister is regarded as giving a sympathetic hearing, and I hope that is always the case. Naturally I will give consideration to the request made, after consultation with the appropriate authorities.

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FINANCE

AUTOMOBILES


On the orders of the day:


December 1, 1960