May 6, 1965

INQUIRY AS TO CONTINUATION OF FEDERAL SUPPORT


On the orders of the day:


PC

Reginald (Reg) Cantelon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Reg Cantelon (Kindersley):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask a question of the Minister of Finance which is related to the roads to resources program. Both Premier Thatcher and Hon. Alex Cameron, Minister of Mineral Resources in the Saskatchewan Government, have stated recently that federal support for this project will be withdrawn in view of the fact that no provision was made for it in the budget. I should like to know whether it is the Government's intention to discontinue this aid, which these gentlemen say is essential to continued mineral development in the north.

Topic:   ROADS TO RESOURCES
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO CONTINUATION OF FEDERAL SUPPORT
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LIB

Walter Lockhart Gordon (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. Walter L. Gordon (Minister of Finance):

Mr. Speaker, at this moment the intention is to follow the policy laid down by the previous Government.

Topic:   ROADS TO RESOURCES
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO CONTINUATION OF FEDERAL SUPPORT
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PC

Stanley James Korchinski

Progressive Conservative

Mr. S. J. Korchinski (Mackenzie):

Mr. Speaker, I have a supplementary question which I should like to direct to the Minister of Northern Affairs. In view of the fact that the agreements with Prince Edward Island

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Inquiries of the Ministry and Alberta have now expired, is it the Minister's intention to renew these agreements or entirely cancel the aid program?

Topic:   ROADS TO RESOURCES
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO CONTINUATION OF FEDERAL SUPPORT
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LIB

Arthur Laing (Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources)

Liberal

Hon. Arthur Laing (Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources):

Mr. Speaker, I should like first of all to say that I believe the original agreements were somewhat defective in that there was an allocation of Federal funds in the same amount to each of the Provinces of Canada. I think it will be agreed by Members on all sides of the House that an allocation of the same sums to the Province of Prince Edward Island and to the Province of Ontario for a certain purpose could hardly bear any relation to the job that can be done.

Topic:   ROADS TO RESOURCES
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO CONTINUATION OF FEDERAL SUPPORT
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An hon. Member:

Answer the question.

Topic:   ROADS TO RESOURCES
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LIB

Arthur Laing (Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources)

Liberal

Mr. Laing:

That is one attitude I am prepared to take.

Topic:   ROADS TO RESOURCES
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO CONTINUATION OF FEDERAL SUPPORT
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PC

Eldon Mattison Woolliams

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Woolliams:

Let us have more facts and less dramatics.

Topic:   ROADS TO RESOURCES
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO CONTINUATION OF FEDERAL SUPPORT
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LIB

Arthur Laing (Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources)

Liberal

Mr. Laing:

For the reason I have outlined I think the program was incomplete. It is going to be very difficult today for us to extend the arrangements in respect of any one of the Provinces because the agreements conclude in different years. For instance, some of them end in 1968.

I want to say that the whole matter is under review. We desire to be guided by the Provinces, and we have circulated them asking for their opinions as to the efficacy of the program. In every instance it has been indicated that this was a very good program and one which should be extended. The ability to extend the program or to devise some program of assistance in this field is now under review.

Topic:   ROADS TO RESOURCES
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO CONTINUATION OF FEDERAL SUPPORT
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PC

Stanley James Korchinski

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Korchinski:

I have a further supplementary question. Have any Provinces made representations to the effect that the Federal Government should step out of this program because it infringes on provincial rights?

Topic:   ROADS TO RESOURCES
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LIB

Arthur Laing (Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources)

Liberal

Mr. Laing:

No, Mr. Speaker, we have received no such representations.

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Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO CONTINUATION OF FEDERAL SUPPORT
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Malcolm MacInnis

Mr. Donald Maclnnis (Cape Breton South):

I have a question for the Minister of Finance following the questions asked by the hon. Member for Kindersley and the hon. Member for Mackenzie. Will the Minister of Finance make a comparison between the answer he has given to hon. Members and the answer given by the Minister of Northern Affairs,

and try to reconcile the difference between the opinions expressed?

Topic:   ROADS TO RESOURCES
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO CONTINUATION OF FEDERAL SUPPORT
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LIB

Walter Lockhart Gordon (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. Gordon:

I will be glad to do so.

Topic:   ROADS TO RESOURCES
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO CONTINUATION OF FEDERAL SUPPORT
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CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY

FURTHER CURTAILMENT OF SERVICE BETWEEN MONTREAL AND VANCOUVER


On the orders of the day:


SC

Horace Andrew (Bud) Olson

Social Credit

Mr. H. A. Olson (Medicine Hat):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to address a question to the Minister of Transport, asking whether he is aware that during the last few days the Canadian Pacific Railway has informed some of its trainmen that there will be a further curtailment of service in respect of trains 7 and 8 between Montreal and Vancouver. If the Minister is aware of this fact, will he ask the Board of Transport Commissioners to look into the matter to find out whether this further curtailment of service will be in the public interest?

Topic:   CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY
Subtopic:   FURTHER CURTAILMENT OF SERVICE BETWEEN MONTREAL AND VANCOUVER
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LIB

John Whitney Pickersgill (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Hon. J. W. Pickersgill (Minister of Transport):

I am not aware of it, or at least I was not until the hon. gentleman spoke, but I will certainly take the matter under consideration at once.

Topic:   CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY
Subtopic:   FURTHER CURTAILMENT OF SERVICE BETWEEN MONTREAL AND VANCOUVER
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