April 7, 1970

ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS

TRANSPORT

LIB

Donald Campbell Jamieson (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Hon. Donald C. Jamieson (Minister of Transport):

Mr. Speaker, I am taking the first opportunity to fulfil my earlier undertaking to table the exchange of correspondence between the Department of Transport and the Humble Oil Company relative to the voyage of the Manhattan.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   TRANSPORT
Sub-subtopic:   TABLING OF CORRESPONDENCE WITH HUMBLE OIL COMPANY CONCERNING SECOND VOYAGE OF "MANHATTAN"
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ORAL QUESTION PERIOD

POLLUTION

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 address a question to the Minister of Transport concerning the manufacture and importation of automobiles and the matter of pollution about which there is great concern because of health and other reasons. Is it the intention of the government to establish standards governing pollutants emanating from automobiles and, if so, will this be done at an early date?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   POLLUTION
Sub-subtopic:   ESTABLISHMENT OF STANDARDS FOR AUTOMOBILES
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LIB

Donald Campbell Jamieson (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Hon. Donald C. Jamieson (Minister of Transport):

Mr. Speaker, the highway safety bill which was given royal assent on the last day before adjournment gives us the authority to set standards for automobile exhaust systems. These standards are now being drawn up and it is our hope that the necessary hearings will have been held in time for the systems to be installed on automobiles for the current year, that is, the 1971 models.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   POLLUTION
Sub-subtopic:   ESTABLISHMENT OF STANDARDS FOR AUTOMOBILES
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PC

Robert Lorne Stanfield (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Stanfield:

A supplementary question, Mr. Speaker. Will these regulations be substantially the same as those that are evidently being promulgated or prepared in the United States?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   POLLUTION
Sub-subtopic:   ESTABLISHMENT OF STANDARDS FOR AUTOMOBILES
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LIB

Donald Campbell Jamieson (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Jamieson:

I am afraid I am not in a position to answer that technical question specifically, Mr. Speaker. We will draw up the best standards, taking into account all studies that have been undertaken both in the United States and Canada, and I shall be glad to make the facts known as soon as the standards have been drawn.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   POLLUTION
Sub-subtopic:   ESTABLISHMENT OF STANDARDS FOR AUTOMOBILES
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PC

Robert Lorne Stanfield (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Stanfield:

A further supplementary question. Is it intended to impose these standards upon all imported automobiles as well as those manufactured within the terms of the automobile agreement?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   POLLUTION
Sub-subtopic:   ESTABLISHMENT OF STANDARDS FOR AUTOMOBILES
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LIB

Donald Campbell Jamieson (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Jamieson:

Yes, Mr. Speaker. The highway safety bill provides that the same standards will apply not only to automobiles manufactured in Canada but to those imported from anywhere in the world.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   POLLUTION
Sub-subtopic:   ESTABLISHMENT OF STANDARDS FOR AUTOMOBILES
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PC

John (Jack) Henry Horner

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. H. Horner (Crowfoot):

I should like to direct a supplementary question to the Minister of Transport. Is any research being done in Canada into the concept of removing the lead component from gasoline and substituting a gasoline derived from grain, which would greatly reduce pollution? This is being seriously studied in the United States. Is Canada doing any research in this connection inasmuch as, if successful, it would greatly reduce the pollution from automobiles?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   POLLUTION
Sub-subtopic:   ESTABLISHMENT OF STANDARDS FOR AUTOMOBILES
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LIB

Donald Campbell Jamieson (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Jamieson:

Yes, Mr. Speaker, that type of research is going on and we have a full exchange of information with the counterpart agency in the United States.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   POLLUTION
Sub-subtopic:   ESTABLISHMENT OF STANDARDS FOR AUTOMOBILES
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HIGHWAY SAFETY

ESTABLISHMENT OF STANDARDS FOR AUTOMOBILES

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 Minister of Transport whether research is being conducted into the question of what additional safety measures ought to be imposed with regard to automobiles operating under our climatic conditions? Is the minister simply following the research and the standards being established in the United States or is serious research being done in order to relate our standards to our conditions, particularly with regard to winter driving?

April 7, 1970

Inquiries of the Ministry

Topic:   HIGHWAY SAFETY
Subtopic:   ESTABLISHMENT OF STANDARDS FOR AUTOMOBILES
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LIB

Donald Campbell Jamieson (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Hon. Donald C. Jamieson (Minister of Transport):

Yes, Mr. Speaker, there is

research with regard to winter driving and an effort is under way now to determine if it is feasible for us to introduce special safety standards having to do with such things as rear window defrosting.

Topic:   HIGHWAY SAFETY
Subtopic:   ESTABLISHMENT OF STANDARDS FOR AUTOMOBILES
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PC

George Harris Hees

Progressive Conservative

Hon. George Hees (Prince Edward-Has-tings):

A supplementary question, Mr. Speaker. In view of the statement made yesterday in Montreal by Mr. Ralph Nader, the highly respected American critic of auto safety, that American cars stand up better in accident testing than Canadian-made automobiles, will the minister look into that in order to see to it that Canadian cars are built with all the safety factors they should have?

Topic:   HIGHWAY SAFETY
Subtopic:   ESTABLISHMENT OF STANDARDS FOR AUTOMOBILES
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LIB

Donald Campbell Jamieson (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Jamieson:

Yes, Mr. Speaker. I am at a loss to understand the question since many of the so-called United States-made automobiles driven in the United States which appear to be safer are actually made in Canada.

Topic:   HIGHWAY SAFETY
Subtopic:   ESTABLISHMENT OF STANDARDS FOR AUTOMOBILES
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NDP

Stanley Howard Knowles (N.D.P. House Leader; Whip of the N.D.P.)

New Democratic Party

Mr. Knowles (Winnipeg Norih Centre):

And

they are a lot cheaper there than they are here.

Topic:   HIGHWAY SAFETY
Subtopic:   ESTABLISHMENT OF STANDARDS FOR AUTOMOBILES
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April 7, 1970