May 27, 1965

CANADIAN COAST GUARD

ATLANTIC COAST-PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS IN SERVICE

LIB

John Whitney Pickersgill (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, on May 6 the hon. Member for Queens-Lunenburg asked me if I would be in a position to say something about the urgent need for larger and properly equipped coast guard ships on the east coast. I indicated I hoped to make a statement very shortly. This statement is a little longer than an appropriate answer to a question, so I thought I should make it on motions.

The statement is regarding an increase in the facilities and equipment of the Canadian Coast Guard of the Department of Transport for marine search and rescue work in Atlantic waters.

General co-ordination of search and rescue activities is the responsibility of the Department of National Defence which has established search and rescue co-ordination centres for this purpose. Traditionally and by law, all vessels available, whether owned by the Government or privately owned, must assist when needed under the direction of the search and rescue co-ordination officers. At the search and rescue co-ordination centres the Canadian Coast Guard provides special marine advisers to assist in matters relating to marine operations. In addition the Coast Guard some years ago put into service three small and five medium sized cutters solely for the purpose of providing search and rescue competence and doing general patrol work in this connection. Two of the medium sized cutters, which were designed for coastal and sheltered waters work rather than either deep sea or close inshore work, have been stationed in the Atlantic area.

As a result of continuing study of requirements in the Atlantic area, it has been decided that the Canadian Coast Guard capability will now be expanded by the provision of four large new cutters, possessing full capabilities for deep sea work. These cutters will be approximately 200 feet in length and will cost around $4 million each to build. They

will operate primarily in the offshore areas frequented by our deep sea fishermen.

In addition, to meet conditions in which neither the large nor medium sized cutters can operate, several shore based lifeboat stations will be developed. It is planned to develop five new stations of this sort in addition to the one that already exists in the Bay of Fundy. The Canadian Coast Guard will provide the lifeboat, but it is intended that the manning will be based on the voluntary part time support of the local community, possibly somewhat similar to the system which applies in Great Britain. These lifeboats will cost about $150,000 each.

No decision has as yet been taken on the location of the lifeboat stations. Further field investigation will be necessary, including consultation with local groups as to how best the voluntary type of organization mentioned can be set up under Canadian Coast Guard supervision.

The full implementation of the program which I have mentioned in Atlantic waters will probably take four to five years. It will do a great deal to strengthen and improve our ability to provide patrol and assistance for search and rescue work not only in our immediate coastal waters but even farther afield, and will be of great benefit to fishermen and other marine operators in the Atlantic provinces as well as to international shipping.

Similar studies of requirements with regard to both the Pacific coast and the Great Lakes are to be carried out to see what further expansion of Coast Guard capabilities in these areas is required.

I should emphasize that it is not intended that the provision of these vessels should in any way imply that marine rescue should become solely a Government responsibility, or should weaken the prime responsibility for rescue at sea which traditionally and in law is a matter of mutual help among seafarers of all kinds.

Topic:   CANADIAN COAST GUARD
Subtopic:   ATLANTIC COAST-PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS IN SERVICE
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PC

Howard Russell MacEwan

Progressive Conservative

Mr. H. Russell MacEwan (Pictou):

I am

sure the House listened with interest to the announcement the Minister has just made. I think I can say on behalf of my hon. friend from Queens-Lunenburg, who will shortly be

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in his place, that all hon. Members who represent coastal areas are happy to hear of this further step toward the improvement of Coast Guard facilities of this country.

Certain measures were taken by the former Government in this regard, but the provision of four additional large cutters will certainly be of much assistance, as will the lifeboat stations. In the course of the past year a series of storms cost the lives of a number of our seamen and fishermen. I am sure the measures indicated in the hon. gentleman's announcement are welcome in so far as they provide further facilities to those who each and every day put considerations of safety behind them and go down to the sea in ships.

Topic:   CANADIAN COAST GUARD
Subtopic:   ATLANTIC COAST-PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS IN SERVICE
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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear.

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Subtopic:   ATLANTIC COAST-PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS IN SERVICE
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NDP

Douglas Mason Fisher

New Democratic Party

Mr. D. M. Fisher (Port Arthur):

The only comment we would like to make is this. What about the Great Lakes?

Topic:   CANADIAN COAST GUARD
Subtopic:   ATLANTIC COAST-PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS IN SERVICE
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BRITISH NORTH AMERICA ACT

AMENDMENT RESPECTING DURATION OF A PARLIAMENT

NDP

William Arnold Peters

New Democratic Party

Mr. Arnold Peters (Timiskaming) moved

for leave to introduce Bill No. C-107, to amend the British North America Acts, 1867 to 1964, (duration of House of Commons).

Topic:   BRITISH NORTH AMERICA ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT RESPECTING DURATION OF A PARLIAMENT
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Some hon. Members:

Explain.

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Subtopic:   AMENDMENT RESPECTING DURATION OF A PARLIAMENT
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NDP

William Arnold Peters

New Democratic Party

Mr. Peters:

It has long been my contention and it is, I think, the contention of many members of the Canadian public that elections should not take place every year or so in the federal field. This bill would provide, with certain safeguards and guarantees, for a four year term. It would mean that the responsibilities of Government could be exercised by any Government which had the support of the House of Commons, except in extreme emergency. Provision is made for the amendment of the British North America Act which now limits the duration of a Parliament to five years so as to allow, with some exceptions, four year terms free of elections and free of campaigning in the House of Commons.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

Topic:   BRITISH NORTH AMERICA ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT RESPECTING DURATION OF A PARLIAMENT
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NDP

Robert William Prittie

New Democratic Party

Mr. R. W. Priiiie (Burnaby-Richmond):

On

a point of order, Mr. Speaker, with reference to the bill which has just been presented. The hon. Member for Winnipeg North Centre was not in his own seat and did not particularly wish to second the motion, but I will be happy to second it.

Topic:   BRITISH NORTH AMERICA ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT RESPECTING DURATION OF A PARLIAMENT
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SCIENCE COUNCIL OF CANADA

PROVISION FOR ESTABLISHMENT AND DEFINITION OF DUTIES

LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Right Hon. L. B. Pearson (Prime Minister) 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 establish a Science Council of Canada and to define the duties thereof; to provide for the appointment of the chairman and other members of the Council and for the payment of the remuneration of the chairman, the travelling and living expenses of the members and associate members of the Council and the remuneration of members performing duties in addition to their regular duties; and to provide further that all expenditures for the purposes of the said measure shall be paid out of moneys appropriated by Parliament therefor.

Topic:   SCIENCE COUNCIL OF CANADA
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR ESTABLISHMENT AND DEFINITION OF DUTIES
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Motion agreed to.


RESEARCH COUNCIL ACT

AMENDMENTS RESPECTING REMUNERATION, LIBRARY, ETC.

LIB

Charles Mills (Bud) Drury (Minister of Industry; Minister of Defence Production)

Liberal

Hon. C. M. Drury (Minister of Industry) 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 amend the Research Council Act to change the formal title of the National Research Council; to provide that members of the Council, other than the President or a Vice President may, during any period in which they perform duties on behalf of the Council in addition to their ordinary duties, be paid such remuneration therefor as the Council may authorize; to authorize the appointment of persons to perform duties of a temporary nature for a period of not more than six months; to authorize the Council to operate and maintain a national science library; and to provide further for certain changes in consequence thereof and also in connection with the administration of the Act.

Topic:   RESEARCH COUNCIL ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENTS RESPECTING REMUNERATION, LIBRARY, ETC.
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Motion agreed to.


May 27, 1965