March 16, 1961

LIB

Augustin Brassard

Liberal

Mr. Brassard:

He did not mention any date.

Mr. Speaker, I should like him to assure the house that he was not speaking of the honourable private counsellors of the Queen who are sitting on the government benches today.

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PC

Léon Balcer (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Leon Balcer (Minister of Transport):

If I used that expression, it is because I have been facing the hon. members opposite too long.

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LIB

Azellus Denis

Liberal

Mr. Azellus Denis (St. Denis):

On this side of the house, there is not a single one.

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BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

PRESENCE OF MINISTER FOR DISCUSSION OF PUBLIC WORKS ESTIMATES


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Herbert Wilfred Herridge

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

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

Mr. Speaker, I wish to address a question, rather in the nature of a welcome home favour, to the Minister of Public Works. In view of the importance of and interest in the Department of Public Works, will the committee of supply be favoured with his genial and benign presence when his supplementary estimates are under consideration?

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   PRESENCE OF MINISTER FOR DISCUSSION OF PUBLIC WORKS ESTIMATES
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PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Order. I think the hon. member is asking about what may transpire in the committee of supply. It would be more appropriate for him to communicate with the minister privately than to expect the house to deal with the conduct of the committee of supply.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   PRESENCE OF MINISTER FOR DISCUSSION OF PUBLIC WORKS ESTIMATES
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CCF

Herbert Wilfred Herridge

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

Mr. Herridge:

I must explain. There is more in this than meets the eye.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   PRESENCE OF MINISTER FOR DISCUSSION OF PUBLIC WORKS ESTIMATES
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CONSIDERATION OF REMAINDER OF THRONE SPEECH ITEMS


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Frank Howard

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

Mr. Frank Howard (Skeena):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask the Acting Prime Minister whether he can give the house an indication as to when the balance of the items mentioned in the speech from the throne may be presented for consideration.

Topic:   CONSIDERATION OF REMAINDER OF THRONE SPEECH ITEMS
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PC

Howard Charles Green (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Howard C. Green (Acting Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, I would suggest that the hon. member put that question on the order paper.

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CCF

Frank Howard

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

Mr. Howard:

A supplementary question, Mr. Speaker-

Topic:   CONSIDERATION OF REMAINDER OF THRONE SPEECH ITEMS
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PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Order. I think the hon. member's question encompasses a bit too much ground to be answered briefly on the orders of the day.

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COLUMBIA RIVER

CONSIDERATION BY PARLIA- MENT REGARDLESS OF B.C. AGREEMENT


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 should like to direct a question to the Acting Prime Minister. In view of the fact that the Senate foreign relations committee in Washington has unanimously approved the Columbia river development treaty, and that the president of the United States has now asked congress for funds to construct the Libby dam as the first step in the implementation of the treaty, does the government propose to submit the treaty to parliament for approval in the near future irrespective of the position taken by the government of British Columbia at this time?

Topic:   COLUMBIA RIVER
Subtopic:   CONSIDERATION BY PARLIA- MENT REGARDLESS OF B.C. AGREEMENT
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PC

Howard Charles Green (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Howard C. Green (Acting Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, the Leader of the Opposition knows very well what the position is at the present time, because it has been explained on more than one occasion. As yet Canada and the province of British Columbia have not reached agreement on this particular project, so it would be premature for us to take the step that the Leader of the Opposition has mentioned.

Topic:   COLUMBIA RIVER
Subtopic:   CONSIDERATION BY PARLIA- MENT REGARDLESS OF B.C. AGREEMENT
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March 16, 1961