November 2, 1964

PRIVILEGE

MR. CHOQUETTE-REPORTED SPEECH BY MEMBER FOR PORT ARTHUR

LIB

Auguste Choquette

Liberal

Mr. Auguste Choquette (Lotbiniere):

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of privilege, as a result of a speech delivered in Toronto by the hon. member for Port Arthur (Mr. Fisher), in which he said that the province of Quebec was the greatest obstacle to a comprehensive vision and a common effort in federal politics. He said:

The Quebec members of parliament tend to stand aloof from their colleagues speaking the other language and to consider their provincial capital as the real seat of power in Canada.

Such statements, Mr. Speaker, are unfair and unfortunate and cannot but deeply annoy the Quebec members in this house.

The main political concern of every Canadian citizen should be the greatness and prestige of Canada.

Quebec members are Canadians and are prompted by that national political ideal. Of course, they refuse to be assimilated because they are prompted by a true national ideal, which is based on their will to spread the influence of the French fact throughout Canada.

We categorically reject the statements made by the hon. member for Port Arthur and we declare that, contrary to the ideology preached by the Liberal federation of Quebec and its officers, the main political expression of French Canada is the Quebec members sitting in the House of Commons who wish to contribute to the greatness of their country, of which they are proud.

Topic:   PRIVILEGE
Subtopic:   MR. CHOQUETTE-REPORTED SPEECH BY MEMBER FOR PORT ARTHUR
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WHEAT-ANNOUNCEMENT OF SALE TO HUNGARY

LIB

Mitchell William Sharp (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Hon. Mitchell Sharp (Minister of Trade and Commerce):

Mr. Speaker, today the Canadian wheat board announced in Winnipeg that it has negotiated a contract for the sale

of approximately 100,000 long tons of wheat to Hungary. This sale, totalling about 3.7 million bushels, is for shipment during the period December through March, 1965, from Canadian east coast ports. This is the first sale made to Hungary under the provisions of the long term agreement signed on June 11, 1964, whereby Hungary had agreed to purchase 250,000 long tons of wheat during the three years of the agreement.

Payment for the wheat is to be made on the basis of ten per cent at time of shipment with the remaining balance to be paid in equal instalments, plus interest, at two, two and a half and three years respectively. These credit arrangements were authorized by the government of Canada under the provisions of the Export Credits Insurance Act. The buyer has the right to divert the wheat to any other eastern European socialist country.

Topic:   WHEAT-ANNOUNCEMENT OF SALE TO HUNGARY
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INDIAN AFFAIRS

TABLING OF PRESS RELEASE ON CONCLUSION OF CONFERENCE

LIB

René Tremblay (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration)

Liberal

Hon. Rene Tremblay (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration):

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to table French and English copies of a release which was handed out last Friday after the two-day conference on Indian affairs. This release outlines the general opinion of those who took part in this conference, as representatives of the parties concerned.

Topic:   INDIAN AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   TABLING OF PRESS RELEASE ON CONCLUSION OF CONFERENCE
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DESIGNATION OF LACROSSE AS CANADA'S NATIONAL GAME

NDP

Robert William Prittie

New Democratic Party

Mr. R. W. Prittie (Burnaby-Richmond) moved

for leave to introduce Bill No. C-134, respecting the national game of Canada (lacrosse).

Topic:   DESIGNATION OF LACROSSE AS CANADA'S NATIONAL GAME
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Some hon. Members:

Explain.

Topic:   DESIGNATION OF LACROSSE AS CANADA'S NATIONAL GAME
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NDP

Robert William Prittie

New Democratic Party

Mr. Prittie:

Mr. Speaker, if I read the preamble to the bill and the explanatory notes, both of which are very brief, I think this will explain the purpose of the bill. The preamble reads:

Questions

Whereas lacrosse has been played in Canada from time immemorial; whereas it has long been assumed that lacrosse is the national game of Canada; and whereas there is an attempt to have a lesser game adopted as the national game of Canada-

The explanatory notes read:

Lacrosse has been played in Canada for an unknown period of time, having been played by the original native Indian people. It is uniquely Canadian and was not imported to this country [DOT]as all other games have been.

The purpose of this bill is to rectify what was probably an oversight on the part of the Fathers of Confederation who were so preoccupied with drafting sections 91 and 92 of the B.N.A. Act that the question of declaring a national game escaped their attention.

I would point out, Mr. Speaker, that the hon. member for New Westminster has seconded this bill not simply because he is my seatmate, but he represents the home city of the Salmonbellies, which team has won the Canadian senior lacrosse championship more times than any other team.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

Topic:   DESIGNATION OF LACROSSE AS CANADA'S NATIONAL GAME
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QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


PROGRESS REPORT ON P.E.I. CAUSEWAY

PC

Mr. Macquarrie

Progressive Conservative

1. In the light of the public statement recently made by Mr. A. D. Margison and Associates Ltd. in reference to the building of the Prince Edward Island causeway, when does the government of Canada intend to issue a progress report on the project?

2. Have any other private companies expressed an interest in undertaking the construction of the causeway and, if so, what has been the government's reply?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   PROGRESS REPORT ON P.E.I. CAUSEWAY
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LIB

Jean-Paul Deschatelets (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Hon. J. P. Deschatelefs (Minister of Public Works):

1. The government of Canada is considering a progress report on the Northumberland strait crossing project received from Northumberland Consultants Limited.

2. No other proposal has been received though an approach has been made from one company other than A. D. Margison and Associates Ltd.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   PROGRESS REPORT ON P.E.I. CAUSEWAY
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P.E.I. CAUSEWAY-CONSTRUCTION WITH OR WITHOUT RAILS

PC

Mr. Macquarrie

Progressive Conservative

1. Are any officials or agencies of the government of Canada making a study of the effects on freight movements to and from Prince Edward Island which might result from the construction of a causeway on which no railway tracks would be laid

and, if so, when is such a study expected to be concluded?

2. What is now the estimated cost of constructing such a causeway between Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick (a) without rails (b) with rails?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   P.E.I. CAUSEWAY-CONSTRUCTION WITH OR WITHOUT RAILS
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LIB

Maurice Lamontagne (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. Maurice Lamonlagne (Secretary of State):

1. Yes, and expected to be concluded about January, 1965.

2. There is as yet no firm estimate.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   P.E.I. CAUSEWAY-CONSTRUCTION WITH OR WITHOUT RAILS
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November 2, 1964