July 21, 1969

MAN ON THE MOON

LIB

Pierre Elliott Trudeau (Prime Minister)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, the rules of this chamber properly restrict statements to matters or events which the government deems it necessary to make known to the house. The events which occurred during the past 24 hours are known by all hon. members and will gain little from repetition now. They are, nonetheless, of such an incredible nature, and illustrate so vividly the accomplishments of man in the fields of science and technology, that it is fitting for us to pause with all humanity to reflect on the magnificent accomplishment of this "giant leap".

Since the dawn of history men have turned their eyes heavenward to gaze at the mysterious moon. Through the courage of three men and the talents of many thousands of others, that heavenly body has suddenly given up its mysteries and has come within the grasp of earth. The adventure which we observed last night is surely one of the greatest achievements of all time.

On behalf of the government and the people of Canada, may I in this place congratulate the three astronauts and the people of the United States for this deed. We all wish the astronauts Godspeed and a safe return to earth.

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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear.

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PC

Robert Lorne Stanfield (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, I would like personally and on behalf of my colleagues to associate ourselves with the congratulations extended by the Prime Minister to the astronauts, their families, and the United States of America. We join him in wishing the astronauts a safe return. It was a tremendous achievement. The science, engineering and technology behind the achievement are almost beyond the comprehension of a person

such as myself, as is the degree of precision achieved and, of course, the courage of the men involved.

It was a great day for mankind, but it did provoke some sober thoughts in those of us who watched the achievement. It reminded us that the same man who is capable of reaching the moon in this way daily involves himself in practising inhumanity on other men. I hope, as I am sure everybody does, that the sublime achievement of the men responsible for the landing on the moon will remind us that while we are frequently as men rather petty, thoughtless and selfish and sometimes rather vicious, mankind is capable of this kind of achievement. We hope this example will serve not only to mark a great step forward scientifically but to remind mankind generally of what man is really capable of achieving.

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NDP

Thomas Clement (Tommy) Douglas

New Democratic Party

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

Mr. Speaker, the members of this party would like to associate themselves with the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition in paying tribute to the astronauts who yesterday accomplished a feat which staggers the imagination. This may well open a new chapter in the history of man's long development as he reaches out beyond his own planet to other planets and the stars. Even while we speak the two astronauts who landed on the moon are involved in one of the most dangerous manoeuvres of the exercise. I am sure all of us are hopeful that they will be successful and will shortly be returning to earth to receive the plaudits of an admiring world.

While we are praising the astronauts, I am sure all of us will keep in mind the thousands of men and women whose research and tireless work made this flawless performance possible. It now only remains for those of us who are still chained to earth to do everything we can to see that man's social and moral development keeps pace with his technological advancement.

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RA

Bernard Dumont

Ralliement Créditiste

Mr. Bernard Dumont (Frontenac):

Mr. Speaker, we wish to join with the Prime Minister (Mr. Trudeau) in congratulating the

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people of the United States for such a great QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER achievement.

I also wish to take this opportunity to congratulate the Prime Minister for sending to the moon a message from Canada, both in French and English. We are sure that the voice of French Canadians has been heard the world over.

We also express the hope, as the Prime Minister did, that if we are capable of such a feat in 1969, all men of good will should co-operate in the future to feed mankind.

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ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS

SALARY INCREASE FOR MEMBERS OF STAFF

IND

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Independent

Mr. Speaker:

I have the honour to lay upon the table of the house an extract from the minutes of a meeting of the Commissioners of Internal Economy held Friday, July 18, 1969, concerning revision of the salaries of employees of the House of Commons.

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FINANCE, TRADE AND ECONOMIC AFFAIRS CONCURRENCE IN TWENTY-FIFTH REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEE

LIB

Gaston Clermont

Liberal

Mr. Gaston Clermont (Gatineau) moved

that the twenty-fifth report of the Standing Committee on Finance, Trade and Economic Affairs, presented to the house on Friday, June 27, be concurred in.

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Motion agreed to.


SYNTHETIC DETERGENTS MARKETING

PROVISION TO MAKE PRODUCTS BIO-DEGRADABLE

LIB

David Anderson

Liberal

Mr. David Anderson (Esquimalt-Saanich) moved

for leave to introduce Bill C-213, respecting the marketing of synthetic detergents.

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Some hon. Members:

Explain.

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LIB

David Anderson

Liberal

Mr. Anderson:

Mr. Speaker, the purpose of this bill is to make sure that all detergents marketed in Canada are bio-degradable. At present most are, but some products are imported and marketed here which are not. The bio-degradable constituent assists in preventing pollution after a detergent has been used.

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Motion agreed to, bill read the first time and ordered to be printed. IMr. Dumont.] (Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND CAUSEWAY STUDIES

PC

Mr. McCleave

Progressive Conservative

1. Has the Stanford Research Institute report on the cost benefit evaluation of a Prince Edward Island causeway been reviewed by an independent economic authority and, if so, by whom and with what conclusion?

2. (a) Have any studies been carried out to indicate what subventions would be required if a corporation were formed to build, finance and operate the crossing (b) on what assumptions were these studies made and what did they indicate (c) what are the economic advantages or disadvantages of an immediate start on a crossing?

3. Have comparisons been made of the annual costs of a fixed crossing and of a ferry system projected over 50 years and, if so, with what results and conclusions?

4. What effect on the economic improvement plan recently agreed to between the governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island is anticipated if construction of a fixed crossing is begun (a) at once or (b) if delayed indefinitely?

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July 21, 1969