April 15, 1969

ORAL QUESTION PERIOD

REQUESTS FOR ASSISTANCE FROM PROVINCIAL AUTHORITIES

PC

Robert Lorne Stanfield (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Robert L. Stanfield (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask the Prime Minister whether he is today in a position to answer the questions asked yesterday about the serious flood threat in western Canada, whether he has ascertained through his office that provincial authorities have made requests for assistance and whether he has had an opportunity himself to inquire as to the extent of the flood threat and the availability of assistance from various federal agencies in that area?

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Pierre Elliott Trudeau (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Right Hon. P. E. Trudeau (Prime Minister):

Yes, Mr. Speaker, I received a report from my office on these points. The essence of the report is that there will be no disaster of major proportions that we can foresee, although there has been considerable damage. There have been no requests made by the Saskatchewan government to the federal government in Ottawa; however there have been requests to the prairie region headquarters of the Canadian Forces and a request from the Saskatchewan Emergency Measures Organization to the federal regional E.M.O. office in Regina.

The assistance we have given has taken two forms, one military and one non-military. One hundred and seventy-five troops are in Lumsden providing manpower in the town. One hundred and seventy-five thousand high quality military sandbags have been provided by the forces and delivered to the area. Another 200,000 sandbags of lower commercial quality have been flown in by Hercules aircraft from Winnipeg and Montreal. In addition, all the Canadian forces bases in the prairie region are on a 24 hour standby alert

ready to meet any further request. There are also a number of federal departments assisting, Mr. Speaker. I have further details if the opposition would like them.

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Robert Lorne Stanfield (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Stanfield:

Mr. Speaker, I was wondering whether the Prime Minister has had an opportunity to inquire as to whether the flood threat is apt to increase, in view of conditions in the United States? Is it his view that the threat has reached a high now or that the danger is apt to increase?

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Pierre Elliott Trudeau (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Mr. Trudeau:

I am informed that the flood crest is expected to be reached within the next 24 hours, and that after that it will subside gradually.

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John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prince Albert):

Mr. Speaker, knowing what the army was doing I asked a question yesterday in respect of this situation with particular reference to whether the P.F.R.A. authorities had been made available by the federal government for the purpose of assisting in .this matter, in view of the fact they are particularly qualified.

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Pierre Elliott Trudeau (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Mr. Trudeau:

Mr. Speaker, I can answer in only a general way. Apart from the military, there is some non-military assistance from the federal government, involving several departments. P.F.R.A. is actively advising with respect to minimizing possible crop damage.

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Walter Gilbert Dinsdale

Progressive Conservative

Hon. W. G. Dinsdale (Brandon-Souris):

supplementary question, Mr. Speaker. With reference to the province of Manitoba, which will feel the impact of the flood conditions within the next few days, has the Prime Minister been contacted by the provincial authorities, and what precautions axe being taken in that province?

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Pierre Elliott Trudeau (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Mr. Trudeau:

As I said, Mr. Speaker, even the government of Saskatchewan has not applied directly to us, and my information is that the province of Manitoba has not, either.

April 15, 1969

Inquiries of the Ministry POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT

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ALLEGED DETERIORATION IN POSTAL SERVICES

NDP

Thomas Clement (Tommy) Douglas

New Democratic Party

Mr. T. C. Douglas (Nanaimo-Cowichan-The Islands):

Mr. Speaker, may I direct a question to the Postmaster General. In view of the fact that, in common with a great many other members, I am receiving complaints from across the country about the distressing deterioration in the postal services, and since this seems to coincide with the new regulations, may I ask the Minister whether he is reviewing the regulations and is planning any changes in them with a view to improving the postal service?

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Eric William Kierans (Minister of Communications; Postmaster General)

Liberal

Hon. Eric W. Kierans (Minister of Communications):

Mr. Speaker, we are doing a great many things to improve the organization and the services of the Post Office, but we are not planning any changes in five-day mail service or in single mail processing. As a matter of fact, as the hon. member knows, the adjudication is presently proceeding, and I expect that this will clarify a great many points.

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Thomas Clement (Tommy) Douglas

New Democratic Party

Mr. Douglas (Nanaimo-Cowichan-The Islands):

A supplementary question, Mr. Speaker. The minister has referred to the five-day

delivery service. Is he satisfied with regard to the letter sent to him, a copy of which I have, which indicates that an individual in Montreal received a letter on April 10 which had been mailed in Toronto on April 1?

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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh.

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An hon. Member:

A good service!

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IND

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Independent

Mr. Speaker:

Order, please.

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PC

Marcel Joseph Aimé Lambert

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Marcel Lamberi (Edmonton Wesi):

Mr. Speaker, in view of the statement that the minister wishes to improve the efficiency of his department and bring closer together the relationship of costs and revenues, would he now advise the house why overtime charges are mounting and service is diminishing? This is an admitted fact.

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LIB

Eric William Kierans (Minister of Communications; Postmaster General)

Liberal

Mr. Kierans:

Mr. Speaker, that was an erroneous report in the Globe and Mail.

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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh.

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April 15, 1969