March 25, 1965

PC

Thomas Miller Bell

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Thomas M. Bell (Saint John-Albert):

My

supplementary question refers to the announcement of assistance for smaller municipal airports. I should like to ask the minister if he has under consideration the plight of the larger municipal airports. I am thinking chiefly of Saint John, but I imagine Calgary and Brandon would be involved as well. Is a

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new policy coming forth in that regard, and can we expect some announcement?

Topic:   AIR TRANSPORT
Subtopic:   POLICY ANNOUNCEMENT RESPECTING ASSISTANCE TO SECONDARY AIRPORTS
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LIB

John Whitney Pickersgill (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Pickersgill:

The Saint John airport is never very far from my mind, I can assure the hon. gentleman. Actually the case of the Calgary airport is already being discussed. There is as the hon. gentleman knows, a very substantial maintenance grant in the case of the municipal airports that are used for scheduled air services. I think the department always stands ready to consider any proposition from municipalities concerning airports, as we did in Vancouver, to take them over if the municipality wants that done. The Saint John airport is so well managed the department has nothing but praise for it.

Topic:   AIR TRANSPORT
Subtopic:   POLICY ANNOUNCEMENT RESPECTING ASSISTANCE TO SECONDARY AIRPORTS
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PC

Alfred Dryden Hales

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hales:

May I ask a supplementary question?

Topic:   AIR TRANSPORT
Subtopic:   POLICY ANNOUNCEMENT RESPECTING ASSISTANCE TO SECONDARY AIRPORTS
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PC

Eugène (Gene) Rhéaume

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Rheaume:

May I ask a supplementary question?

Topic:   AIR TRANSPORT
Subtopic:   POLICY ANNOUNCEMENT RESPECTING ASSISTANCE TO SECONDARY AIRPORTS
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Maurice Bourget (Speaker of the Senate)

Mr. Speaker:

Order. There has been a fair amount of leeway on this matter because a good many parts of the country are affected. However, if all members are going to talk about the local airports in their districts we are going to take a lot of time.

Topic:   AIR TRANSPORT
Subtopic:   POLICY ANNOUNCEMENT RESPECTING ASSISTANCE TO SECONDARY AIRPORTS
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Malcolm MacInnis

Mr. Donald Maclnnis (Cape Breton South):

I have a supplementary question for the Minister of Transport. Since he has placed so much emphasis on what he is now calling international airports, would he consider telling his cabinet colleague from Cape Breton South the importance of speaking about the welfare of the unemployed in Cape Breton?

Topic:   AIR TRANSPORT
Subtopic:   POLICY ANNOUNCEMENT RESPECTING ASSISTANCE TO SECONDARY AIRPORTS
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LIB

John Whitney Pickersgill (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Pickersgill:

No government in history has done so much to reduce unemployment including unemployment in Cape Breton. I pay the highest tribute to my colleague the Minister of Labour for his inspired efforts.

Topic:   AIR TRANSPORT
Subtopic:   POLICY ANNOUNCEMENT RESPECTING ASSISTANCE TO SECONDARY AIRPORTS
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PC

Robert Muir

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Muir (Cape Breton North and Victoria):

How can you say that in all honesty?

Topic:   AIR TRANSPORT
Subtopic:   POLICY ANNOUNCEMENT RESPECTING ASSISTANCE TO SECONDARY AIRPORTS
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Maurice Bourget (Speaker of the Senate)

Mr. Speaker:

Order. The last interesting reply seemed to spark a rash of supplementary questions. It is usual to ask one or two, or even three, but if we get up to 10 or 20 the Chair will have to tighten up.

Topic:   AIR TRANSPORT
Subtopic:   POLICY ANNOUNCEMENT RESPECTING ASSISTANCE TO SECONDARY AIRPORTS
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Malcolm MacInnis

Mr. Maclnnis:

May I ask one further supplementary, and it will be very brief. Is the Minister of Transport prepared to eat those words at a later date?

Topic:   AIR TRANSPORT
Subtopic:   POLICY ANNOUNCEMENT RESPECTING ASSISTANCE TO SECONDARY AIRPORTS
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PC

Eugène (Gene) Rhéaume

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Gene Rheaume (Northwest Territories):

My question is directed to the Minister of Transport. I wonder if he would allow to spring to his mind the urgent necessity for

the government to announce a regional air carrier policy for Canada.

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Subtopic:   POLICY ANNOUNCEMENT RESPECTING ASSISTANCE TO SECONDARY AIRPORTS
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LIB

John Whitney Pickersgill (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Pickersgill:

Well, it does not need to spring to my mind, because it is in my mind constantly.

Topic:   AIR TRANSPORT
Subtopic:   POLICY ANNOUNCEMENT RESPECTING ASSISTANCE TO SECONDARY AIRPORTS
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CANADIAN CENTENNIAL

OTTAWA-TENDERS FOR CONSTRUCTION OF PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE

LIB

Louis-Joseph-Lucien Cardin (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Hon. Lucien Cardin (Minister of Public Works):

Mr. Speaker, on March 5 last in response to questions I advised the house that because of the complexity of the project for the Canadian centre for the performing arts and the desired completion date of June 30, 1967, my department was proposing special tender procedures to select a general contractor for this project. I also announced that this involved a cost plus invitation tender from a selected group of contractors.

This action was commenced on the day of my announcement. However, concurrent with this the Department of Public Works and treasury board have been reviewing the proposal in detail, examining it on the following basis: first, a possible increase in cost due to the accelerated program; second, the degree of detailed planning of requirements and design of sophisticated mechanical and electrical systems; third, the degree of certainty of meeting the completion date of June 30, 1967 to a satisfactory provision of facilities and standard of construction.

As a result of the review it is evident that a substantial increase in cost would be involved in premium overtime and bonus for the manufacture and delivery of equipment. The status of the plans, in spite of the best efforts of the consultants as well as the various committees establishing requirements, was such that a guarantee of completion by June 30, 1967 and maintaining the high standard of facility desired is not probable.

Having regard for these factors, the government has decided that the time of completion should not be the controlling factor in the project; hence we do not intend to proceed with the cost plus contract.

The government now proposes to continue with the existing contract and undertake additional work on the portion of the underground structure; however, tenders will not be called for the main portion of the project until the detailed plans are completed. Work will, however, be continuing on the site and the preparation of the balance of designs

Inquiries of the Ministry will receive priority to ensure completion of the project at the earliest possible date.

The revised schedule now contemplates that the centre will be completed to a point where it will add distinction to the capital in the centennial year. Interior completion will continue throughout the year, and the centre will be ready for the launching of a festival in 1968, in the first year of the second century of confederation.

Topic:   CANADIAN CENTENNIAL
Subtopic:   OTTAWA-TENDERS FOR CONSTRUCTION OF PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE
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IMMIGRATION

REPRESENTATIONS RESPECTING DENIAL OF ENTRY TO U.S. PROFESSOR


On the orders of the day:


PC

John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. Have any representations, formal or informal, been made by the administration of the United States or any member of the administration, or by the governor of Minnesota in connection with the refusal of the minister's department to allow Professor Sibley to come into Canada except under the conditions outlined yesterday by the minister?

Topic:   IMMIGRATION
Subtopic:   REPRESENTATIONS RESPECTING DENIAL OF ENTRY TO U.S. PROFESSOR
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LIB

John Robert (Jack) Nicholson (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration)

Liberal

Hon. J. R. Nicholson (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration):

Mr. Speaker, the answer is yes. I might say I have arranged for a meeting late this afternoon in connection with the source of the information that was acted upon by my department in order to discuss the whole matter, and I may have a statement to make on the matter tomorrow.

Topic:   IMMIGRATION
Subtopic:   REPRESENTATIONS RESPECTING DENIAL OF ENTRY TO U.S. PROFESSOR
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March 25, 1965