June 3, 1961

NORTHERN AFFAIRS

NORTHWEST TERRITORIES

PC

Walter Gilbert Dinsdale (Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. W. G. Dinsdale (Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources):

I am happy to announce, Mr. Speaker, some significant developments with respect to the discovery by Imperial Oil Company Limited of a gas well in the Arrowhead river area of the Northwest Territories. This well has now been tested and has established an absolute open flow potential of 24 million cubic feet per day. There is every reason to believe that when it goes into actual production the sustained flow will be approximately one third of the absolute open flow, depending on the engineering.

It is anticipated that six more exploratory wells will be drilled during the present season in this general area. If similar success is achieved, as there is good reason to expect, it should not be long before there is an economic basis for pipe line facilities to carry the production of gas wells in this area to market.

I might add, Mr. Speaker, that because of the geological evidence of substantial resource potential in the general area in which the well lies, there is provided in the estimates of my department for this year the sum of $100,000 for a location survey for a development road to open up the area and encourage its early development.

Topic:   NORTHERN AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   NORTHWEST TERRITORIES
Sub-subtopic:   WELL IN ARROWHEAD RIVER AREA
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CCF

Herbert Wilfred Herridge

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

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

Mr. Speaker, on behalf of this group may I say that we appreciate the minister making the announcement in this house and giving us officially exact, important and current information.

Topic:   NORTHERN AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   NORTHWEST TERRITORIES
Sub-subtopic:   WELL IN ARROWHEAD RIVER AREA
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FARM CREDIT ACT

AMENDMENT TO INCREASE CAPITAL OF FARM CREDIT CORPORATION

PC

Gordon Minto Churchill (Minister of Veterans Affairs; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Gordon Churchill (for the Minister of Agriculture) moved

that the house go into committee at the next sitting to consider the following resolution, which has been recommended to the house by His Excellency:

That it is expedient to introduce a measure to amend the Farm Credit Act to increase the capital of the farm credit corporation from $8 million to $12 million.

Topic:   FARM CREDIT ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO INCREASE CAPITAL OF FARM CREDIT CORPORATION
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Motion agreed to.


THE BUDGET

INQUIRY AS TO PROBABLE DATE OF PRESENTATION


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Official Opposition House Leader; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Hon. Lionel Chevrier (Laurier):

Mr. Speaker, may I direct a question to the Minister of Finance, and ask whether he is in a position this morning to give the house some indication as to when he will bring down his budget.

Topic:   THE BUDGET
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO PROBABLE DATE OF PRESENTATION
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PC

Donald Methuen Fleming (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, I should have thought that the hon. member for Laurier would have been duly impressed by a headlined statement that appeared in the Ottawa Citizen of May 24, which purported to announce in categorical and authoritative terms the intention of the Minister of Finance in this respect. I will read from the text of the article:

Finance minister Donald Fleming will introduce the federal budget in the House of Commons on June 6, it was learned here today.

I am surprised that the hon. member for Laurier should betray a measure of scepticism about a report in the Ottawa Citizen that purports to be so firm, clear and altogether authentic.

Topic:   THE BUDGET
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO PROBABLE DATE OF PRESENTATION
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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Official Opposition House Leader; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

I would appreciate an answer.

Topic:   THE BUDGET
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO PROBABLE DATE OF PRESENTATION
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PC

Donald Methuen Fleming (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fleming (Eglinion):

However, Mr. Speaker, I shall be pleased to relieve the interest and curiosity of the hon. member at an appropriate date.

Topic:   THE BUDGET
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO PROBABLE DATE OF PRESENTATION
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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Official Opposition House Leader; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

A supplementary question, Mr. Speaker. In view of the fact that on Monday the minister will be asking for interim supply, a measure which always requires careful attention by this house, does the minister not consider that he should give some indication to the house as to when his budget will be brought down?

Topic:   THE BUDGET
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO PROBABLE DATE OF PRESENTATION
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PC

Donald Methuen Fleming (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fleming (Eglinton):

Mr. Speaker, the two subjects are not directly related. There will have to be a vote of interim supply to provide for the normal necessity of the government to pay salaries, wages and other current obligations. The budget deals with broader questions, as I do not need to remind the house, Mr. Speaker.

Topic:   THE BUDGET
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO PROBABLE DATE OF PRESENTATION
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LIB

Paul Theodore Hellyer

Liberal

Mr. Hellyer:

Such as where the minister is going to get the money.

Topic:   THE BUDGET
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO PROBABLE DATE OF PRESENTATION
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PC

Donald Methuen Fleming (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fleming (Eglinton):

I do not think the two subjects hinge on one another. I have indicated to the hon. member for Laurier that an announcement will be made on an appropriate date.

Inquiries of the Ministry

Topic:   THE BUDGET
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO PROBABLE DATE OF PRESENTATION
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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Official Opposition House Leader; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

Perhaps I may be permitted a further supplementary question. The house leader indicated last evening and I think on a previous occasion that he would like to see some co-operation in connection with interim supply. So far as we are concerned that cooperation will ensue, but it will ensue much faster if we have some indication of when the budget will be brought down. Certainly one is not unrelated to the other. That is why I put the question to the Minister of Finance. I had hoped the minister would have agreed that there was not only an indirect but a direct relationship between the two subjects and that he would have given the house some information.

Topic:   THE BUDGET
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO PROBABLE DATE OF PRESENTATION
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June 3, 1961