March 1, 1961

ANNOUNCEMENT OP CONSULTATION WITH HONG KONG AUTHORITIES

PC

Donald Methuen Fleming (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Donald M. Fleming (Minister of Finance):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to

inform the house that several senior Canadian officials, led by Mr. S. S. Reisman of the Department of Finance, will leave for Hong Kong today to consult with the Hong Kong authorities on various trade matters. The purpose of the consultations will be to consider problems associated with the rapid increase of importations of certain products from Hong Kong.

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CONFERENCE TO EXPEDITE MOVEMENT THROUGH PACIFIC COAST PORTS

PC

Francis Alvin George Hamilton (Minister of Agriculture)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Alvin Hamilton (Minister of Agriculture):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to advise the house that I have requested the Canadian wheat board to arrange a conference in Vancouver commencing on Monday next to explore ways and means of expanding the volume of grain which can be moved into and out of Pacific coast ports. The conference will be representative of the principal agencies concerned with the movement of grain from the prairies to the Pacific coast and the movement of this grain to terminal elevators and into ocean vessels.

Invitations have been extended to the following organizations: Canadian Pacific

Railway, Canadian National Railways, Alberta wheat pool, United Grain Growers Limited, Saskatchewan wheat pool, Pacific group of elevators, Vancouver grain exchange, Vancouver merchants exchange, Vancouver chamber of shipping, shipping federation of British Columbia, trade union representatives, national harbours board, the port warden, the board of grain commissioners for Canada and the Canadian wheat board. It is my intention to attend the conference along with officers of my department.

I want to make the purpose of the conference clear. It is my hope that through the cooperation of the organizations and interests invited, ways and means can be worked out to increase the grain movement through Pacific coast ports. I am hopeful also that those who

attend the conference will join in suggestions relating to long-range developments. I think it is the desire of all concerned that the full potential of the west coast grain movement be realized and that the capacity of west coast ports to receive and load grain is keeping abreast with market opportunities, particularly in the Far East.

The construction of the St. Lawrence seaway and additional storage capacity planned by the national harbours board at Montreal, along with private building in the outer St. Lawrence, have added greatly to the efficiency and the capacity of the St. Lawrence route. A new berth is being constructed at Churchill which will speed up the loading of ocean vessels at that port.

Elevator companies operating at Fort William and Port Arthur have work under way there which will improve the loading of grain and, particularly, the loading of ocean tonnage which comes to the lakehead.

Some years ago additional storage capacity was built at Halifax, and the Atlantic maritime ports are having one of the busiest seasons on record. It is the desire of the government that grain handling facilities at all our ports be brought up to the standards required of them in these times.

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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, I am sure the house will have heard the minister's statement with interest, and will support any steps the government may take to expedite and enlarge shipments of grain through Pacific ports, especially in view of recent reports from such ports that there have been delays in such shipments.

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CCF

Harold Edward Winch

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

Mr. Harold E. Winch (Vancouver Easi):

We

welcome the statement which has just been made by the minister, Mr. Speaker. We certainly hope that as a result of the conference there will be not only a speed-up in loadings through the port of Vancouver, but there will be also a discussion of the question of installing new and additional facilities. It is many, many years since there have been any extensions to the port of Vancouver. As a matter of fact the facilities of the port are less now than they were as a result of a fire many years ago. The facilities lost then have never been replaced.

In view not only of the recent complaints concerning delay in shiploadings, but also in view of the statements made within the

Starred Questions

past month that Vancouver cannot expect to have new lines coming in until port facilities are expanded, we certainly welcome this announcement. We hope satisfactory conclusions can be arrived at and that speedy action will be taken to implement those conclusions.

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STARRED QUESTIONS

UNPLACED RADIO AND TELEVISION TECHNICIANS

LIB

Mr. Pickersgill

Liberal

1. Are there any radio and television technicians registered as unplaced applicants with the national employment service?

2. If so, how many in each category, and in what regions of Canada?

Topic:   STARRED QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   UNPLACED RADIO AND TELEVISION TECHNICIANS
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PC

Richard Devere Thrasher (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. R. D. Thrasher (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour):

Mr. Speaker, the answer to part 1 is as follows. There are no radio and television technicians as such registered with the national employment service. The answer to part 2 is answered by the answer to part 1.

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Subtopic:   UNPLACED RADIO AND TELEVISION TECHNICIANS
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SCHOLARSHIP GRANTS, ELLA ELIZABETH CLARK AND MASON WADE

NEW

Mr. Pitman

New Party

1. Has any federal department, corporation or council awarded any scholarship, grant-in-aid for study or publication, or research grant to an Ella Elizabeth Clark or to a Mason Wade in the past three years?

2. If so: (a) which agency, for what specific

purposes, and under what statutory authority or regulation? (b) what is the nationality and address of Miss Clark and Mr. Wade?

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Subtopic:   SCHOLARSHIP GRANTS, ELLA ELIZABETH CLARK AND MASON WADE
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PC

Noël Dorion (Secretary of State of Canada)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Noel Dorion (Secretary of Stale):

Mr. Speaker, as it will be necessary to circularize a number of departments in order to secure this information, and as this will take some time, may I suggest that this question be made an order for return.

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Subtopic:   SCHOLARSHIP GRANTS, ELLA ELIZABETH CLARK AND MASON WADE
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, in respect of that question I should add that if the expression "council" therein refers to the Canada council, on the basis of previous experience and precedence that information cannot be procured. I set out these reasons in some detail on November 27, 1957, at page 1558 of Hansard and will not now repeat them.

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Subtopic:   SCHOLARSHIP GRANTS, ELLA ELIZABETH CLARK AND MASON WADE
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PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

The house has heard the proposed limitation with respect to the word "council" as it appears in this question. In making it an order for return as suggested by the minister I assume it will be on those terms.

Topic:   STARRED QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   SCHOLARSHIP GRANTS, ELLA ELIZABETH CLARK AND MASON WADE
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Some hon. Members:

Agreed.

Order for return.

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Subtopic:   SCHOLARSHIP GRANTS, ELLA ELIZABETH CLARK AND MASON WADE
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NEW HOSPITAL BUILDING, SPRINGHILL, N.S.

LIB

Mr. Robichaud

Liberal

1. Has the Minister of Labour received a request from the Springhill miners wives' association for a grant toward the erection of a new 65-bed hospital building?

2. If so: (a) what decision has the government reached on this matter? (b) has the Minister of Labour made a reply to this request, and what is its nature?

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Subtopic:   NEW HOSPITAL BUILDING, SPRINGHILL, N.S.
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PC

Richard Devere Thrasher (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. R. D. Thrasher (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour):

1. A letter was received, dated February 6. The letter requested a new post office, armouries and hospital at Springhill.

2. The federal government, through the Minister of National Health and Welfare, has granted a sum of $178,360 toward a new hospital. This has been expanded by a provincial grant to bring the total of both grants to $445,000. The minister has acknowledged the letter written by the ladies and informed them that all matters that they have raised will receive careful study.

Topic:   STARRED QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   NEW HOSPITAL BUILDING, SPRINGHILL, N.S.
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SUGGESTED TARIFF ON OIL IMPORTS, EASTERN CANADA

March 1, 1961