On the order: Government Notice of
January 24, 1968-The Minister of Industry (for the Minister of Finance)-That the standing committee on transport and communications be empowered to consider and report upon all aspects of transportation as they relate to the Atlantic provinces, taking account of the conclusions and recommendations of the Atlantic provinces transportation study, January, 1967, volumes 1 to 12, prepared by the Economist Intelligence Unit Limited, and the report of the royal commission on transportation, 1961, volumes 1 and 2, and recommend what measures should be initiated in order that the national transportation policy may be as fully implemented as possible in the Atlantic provinces.
That the said committee shall examine, in particular, the effectiveness of the Maritime Freight Rates Act with power to study and make recommendations concerning:
(a) changes or alterations which may now be desirable in the Maritime Freight Rates Act; and
(b) alternative methods of assisting transportation in the Atlantic provinces either in addition to the Maritime Freight Rates Act or in substitution therefor in whole or in part with the purpose that maximum benefits be obtained by the Atlantic provinces from he expenditure being made.
That for the purposes of this inquiry, the said committee shall be empowered to adjourn from place to place within Canada; that the clerk and necessary supporting staff be authorized to accompany said committee, and that the committee be authorized to engage the services of counsel, accountants, etc.