February 28, 1962

PURCHASE OF RAILS FROM C.N.R., QUE.


Motion No. 22-Mr. Brassard (Lapointe): That an order of the house do issue for a copy of all correspondence exchanged between any department or minister and the president of J. P. Boisjoly Industries Limitee, from September 1. 1957, to September 1, 1961, regarding the purchase of rails from the Canadian National Railways at St. Philemon, Chateauguay county, in the province of Quebec. Motion agreed to.


ARGENTIA FERRY TERMINAL


Motion No. 23-Mr. Tucker: That an order of the house do issue for a copy of a letter addressed by the secretary of lodge number 1237 of the international association of machinists, St. John's, Newfoundland, to the Minister of Transport since January 1, 1962, concerning the Argentia ferry terminal together with a copy of any reply thereto. Motion agreed to.


NATIONAL DEFENCE

USE OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS IN EVENT OF WAR- AGREEMENT WITH U.S.


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin

Liberal

Hon. Paul Martin (Essex East):

I should like to direct a question to the Acting Secretary of State for External Affairs in the absence of the minister. Notice of this question was sent to the minister's office this morning. Has any agreement been reached between the government of the United States and the government of Canada or any agency or person thereof that would ensure the delivery to Canada of nuclear weapons either before or after the outbreak of war?

Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prime

Minister): Mr. Speaker, the answer is in the negative.

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LIB

Paul Theodore Hellyer

Liberal

Hon. Paul Hellyer (Trinity):

I should like to ask the Prime Minister whether he saw the program which has been characterized as the great Canadian comedy last night on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation network at ten o'clock, and whether the Minister of Public Works (Mr. Walker) was speaking on behalf of the government when he said:

-if we have atomic warheads here we want to have them under our own sole control. That is perfectly natural.

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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Mr. Speaker, I am not going to reply in kind. After all, the hon. member provides some continuing comedy to the house in his questions. As to the latter part of the question, may I say that I am unaware of what the hon. minister said. I can only add that last evening he seemed to have complete control of the situation.

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LIB

Paul Theodore Hellyer

Liberal

Mr. Hellyer:

I have a supplementary

question for the Prime Minister. Will the Prime Minister advise the house whether there has been any change in the policy of

the government since July 6, 1960, when he advised the house as follows:

At no time did I say sole control. I said joint control of Canada as to the use and also as to everything connected therewith. That statement still stands.

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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Mr. Speaker, I have not the statement before me. I know that at that time a rather lengthy statement was made. I simply point out the fact that since then discussions have continued between the United States and Canada with reference to this matter. It has been a subject that has caused a great deal of division among all the nations within NATO. However, in so far as Canada and the United States are concerned, at the moment there are no immediate discussions.

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NDP

Douglas Mason Fisher

New Democratic Party

Mr. D. M. Fisher (Port Arthur):

I have a supplementary question, Mr. Speaker. It deals with the television program, and it is directed to the Minister of National Revenue in his role as spokesman for the C.B.C. Will the minister ascertain whether a video tape of this program is available so that it can be run again across the country? Both those of us who saw it and many who did not see it would welcome the opportunity of having that entertainment again.

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LIB

John Richard Garland

Liberal

Mr. J. R. Garland (Nipissing):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Public Works. I regret I was not able to send him notice. In view of the minister's unwillingness to accept statistics supplied by the dominion bureau of statistics or, indeed, figures from the Minister of Finance, as exemplified during his television appearance last evening, is the minister giving active consideration to setting up his own political bureau of statistics?

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PC

David James Walker (Minister of Public Works; Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation; Minister responsible for National Capital Commission)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. D. J. Walker (Minister of Public Works):

I should have made it clear last night, Mr. Speaker, that I thought I was being presented with material from the Martin bureau of statistics, and there is a great difference.

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COLUMBIA RIVER

LETTER FROM PRIME MINISTER TO B.C. PREMIER


On the orders of the day:


NDP

Herbert Wilfred Herridge

New Democratic Party

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

wish to address a question to the Prime Minister in view of newspaper accounts of a speech made by Premier Bennett in the legislature of British Columbia last evening in which he is reported to have said that he had heard from the Prime Minister to the effect that from now on all was going to go well on the Columbia, that the Prime Minister 26207-1-86

Inquiries of the Ministry had bypassed the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Justice and that they were going to conduct negotiations directly between one another, or words to that general effect.

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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, I wish first, if the house will allow me to do so, to extend birthday congratulations to the hon. gentleman. None of us at our age like to have birthdays. However, this occasion gives an opportunity to at least extend felicitations to one who has been a long time member of the house.

With regard to the question he asked, I can only say that there has been no communication with the premier of British Columbia along the lines indicated, and that there has been no arrangement made for any meeting or any anticipated meeting.

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February 28, 1962