November 22, 1962

VETERANS AFFAIRS

CONCURRENCE IN FIRST REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEE


Mr. D. V. Pugh (Okanagan-Boundary) presented the first report of the standing committee on veterans affairs, and moved that the report be concurred in. Motion agreed to.


CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

CONSTRUCTION OF BRANCH LINE FROM NEPISIGUIT JUNCTION, N.B.

PC

Léon Balcer (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Leon Balcer (Minister of Transport) 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 authorize and provide for the construction of a line of railway in the province of New Brunswick, by Canadian National Railway Company, from Nepisiguit Junction for a distance of 15 miles to the property of Brunswick Mining and Smelting Corporation Limited, at a total estimated expenditure of $1,450,000, not to be exceeded by more than 15 per cent; to authorize the issue by the said railway company of securities that may be guaranteed by Her Majesty in right of Canada to finance the construction of the said line; and in order that the said railway company may forthwith proceed with the construction of the said line of railway, to authorize temporary loans to the said railway company out of the consolidated revenue fund upon terms and conditions prescribed by the governor in council and secured by securities of the said railway company.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   CONSTRUCTION OF BRANCH LINE FROM NEPISIGUIT JUNCTION, N.B.
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Motion agreed to.


BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

INQUIRY AS TO SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON DEFENCE POLICY


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

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

I should like to ask the Prime Minister whether the government has come to any decision with regard to recommending to the house the establishment of a special committee on defence policy.

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Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON DEFENCE POLICY
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

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

The government will make known its decision in this regard very shortly. I did

not hear the last word of the question. Was it "defence matters" or "defence policy"?

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Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON DEFENCE POLICY
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. Pearson:

"Defence policy".

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Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON DEFENCE POLICY
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

In so far as defence policy is concerned, as in the past, when the hon. gentleman was a member of the former government, so today and so, generally, throughout the free world, questions of policy are not submitted to committees.

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Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON DEFENCE POLICY
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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin

Liberal

Hon. Paul Martin (Essex East):

A supplementary question. Does the Prime Minister think television facilities should be afforded to officials of the department to do the very thing which the Prime Minister now says parliament shall not have an opportunity to do.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON DEFENCE POLICY
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

The hon. gentleman is apparently off on the wrong track. I did not say "parliament"; I said a "committee".

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Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON DEFENCE POLICY
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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin

Liberal

Mr. Marlin (Essex East):

Well, surely, a committee of parliament is parliament.

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Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON DEFENCE POLICY
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EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

KASHMIR


On the orders of the day:


November 22, 1962