April 17, 1962

TRANSPORT

N.B.-P.E.I. CAUSEWAY-ANNOUNCEMENT OF CONSTRUCTION

PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, I have two or three announcements I wish to make today. The first has to do with the Northumberland strait causeway. As the house knows, comprehensive studies were authorized by the government in January, 1958, as to the whole question of the building of this causeway. The government has now decided that a causeway will be built between New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

Studies to date have involved several government departments, consulting engineers and the national research council. An important part of the work was the construction of a scale model of the area by the national research council. The purpose of the studies undertaken has been to determine whether the project would be feasible from an engineering point of view and justified from an economic point of view. The answer in both cases is in the affirmative. The most economical crossing for road and rail traffic appears to be a combination causeway with navigation locks and a bridge between Jourimain island, New Brunswick, and Borden point, Prince Edward Island. The estimated cost is $105 million.

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Lester Bowles Pearson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, I am sure all members of the house on the eve of the election will have welcomed-

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George Harris Hees (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hees:

Except the Liberal party.

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Lester Bowles Pearson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. Pearson:

-the announcement of the Prime Minister in regard to the causeway, something that was promised by this government during the last election. It is to be hoped, Mr. Speaker, that the cost of this causeway and other great national undertakings in the future will not have to be paid out of increasing deficits.

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Herbert Wilfred Herridge

New Democratic Party

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

Mr. Speaker, it is obvious that there is an urgent cause for the causeway.

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STATEMENT ON LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM- ANNOUNCEMENT OF DISSOLUTION


Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prime Minister): Mr. Speaker, I come now to another matter of general interest to hon. members. It has to do with the current session of parliament, the program as yet uncompleted, and the viewpoint of the government in this connection. I held the view generally that an election might take place in September and I had in mind September 12, the date fixed for the by-elections some weeks ago. However, any person who has witnessed the delaying tactics-


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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh.

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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear.

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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

-and the measure of obstruction practised by the official opposition during the present session-

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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh.

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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear.

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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

-will recognize, as I think Canadians generally do, that it has become almost impossible to proceed with the business of the house.

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LIB

Julia Verlyn (Judy) LaMarsh

Liberal

Miss LaMarsh:

A broken record.

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LIB

Paul Theodore Hellyer

Liberal

Mr. Hellyer:

The Pagliacci of the opera

house.

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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Mr. Speaker, I find these interruptions and babblings quite interesting. I am trying to make a completely objective report.

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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh.

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PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Order. In asking for careful attention perhaps it would be well for me to indicate that this period is not one in which debate normally takes place and that depending on the nature of the statement of the Prime Minister the house, I am sure, would be prepared to accept comment of the same character. I say this so that we shall understand where we are proceeding at this stage.

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April 17, 1962