June 1, 1972

PC

William David Knowles

Progressive Conservative

Mr. William Knowles (Norfolk-Haldimand):

Mr. Speaker, I had a question for the Minister of Veterans Affairs but in his absence I will direct it to his parliamentary secretary. In view of the fact the Minister of Veterans Affairs has undertaken to consider an upward revision of the basic rate of disability pensions, would the minister undertake to refer this study to the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs forthwith with instructions to make recommendations to the House at the earliest possible moment?

Topic:   VETERANS AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   POSSIBLE INCREASE IN DISABILITY PENSIONS- REQUEST FOR REFERENCE TO STANDING COMMITTEE FOR RECOMMENDATIONS
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LIB

Cyril Lloyd Francis (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. Lloyd Francis (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Veterans Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, I will be happy to bring this question to the attention of the minister who will reply in due course.

Topic:   VETERANS AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   POSSIBLE INCREASE IN DISABILITY PENSIONS- REQUEST FOR REFERENCE TO STANDING COMMITTEE FOR RECOMMENDATIONS
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USE TO BE MADE BY WHEAT BOARD OF HOPPER CARS TO BE PURCHASED BY GOVERNMENT- POSSIBILITY OF PURCHASE OF OTHER TYPES OF FREIGHT CARS

NDP

Leslie Gordon Benjamin

New Democratic Party

Mr. Les Benjamin (Regina-Lake Centre):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to direct a question to the minister in charge of the Canadian Wheat Board. In light of the government's announcement that is going to purchase 2,000 hopper cars, is it the intention of the Wheat Board to use those cars mostly on unit trains from inland terminals or will they be used to carry grain from individual shipping points?

Topic:   USE TO BE MADE BY WHEAT BOARD OF HOPPER CARS TO BE PURCHASED BY GOVERNMENT- POSSIBILITY OF PURCHASE OF OTHER TYPES OF FREIGHT CARS
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LIB

Otto Emil Lang (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada; Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board)

Liberal

Hon. Otto E. Lang (Minister of Justice):

Mr. Speaker, there will be no limitation upon the use which the Board, in consultation with the railroads may choose to make of these cars. I would expect them to be used more in the movement from individual shipping points than from inland terminals, but I do not exclude either.

Topic:   USE TO BE MADE BY WHEAT BOARD OF HOPPER CARS TO BE PURCHASED BY GOVERNMENT- POSSIBILITY OF PURCHASE OF OTHER TYPES OF FREIGHT CARS
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NDP

Leslie Gordon Benjamin

New Democratic Party

Mr. Benjamin:

Mr. Speaker, may I direct my next question to the right hon. Prime Minister. In view of the fact there is a chronic shortage of railroad equipment not only to haul grain but other commodities, and in light of the government's announcement of its intention to purchase 2,000 hopper cars, is it considering the purchase of refrig-

erator cars for potato movement in the Maritimes and livestock cars for the movement of livestock in western Canada in view of the inability of the railways to meet their responsibilities?

Topic:   USE TO BE MADE BY WHEAT BOARD OF HOPPER CARS TO BE PURCHASED BY GOVERNMENT- POSSIBILITY OF PURCHASE OF OTHER TYPES OF FREIGHT CARS
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LIB

Pierre Elliott Trudeau (Prime Minister)

Liberal

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

Without conceding the premise of the question, Mr. Speaker, the answer is no.

Topic:   USE TO BE MADE BY WHEAT BOARD OF HOPPER CARS TO BE PURCHASED BY GOVERNMENT- POSSIBILITY OF PURCHASE OF OTHER TYPES OF FREIGHT CARS
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REGIONAL ECONOMIC EXPANSION

REQUEST FOR COMMENT ON STATEMENT MADE BY CHAIRMAN OF BOARD OF McCAIN FOODS

PC

Hugh John Flemming

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Hugh John Flemming (Carleton-Charlotte):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to direct a question to the Minister of Regional Economic Expansion. Is the minister able to confirm the statement made by Mr. McCain, chairman of the board of McCain Foods Limited, Florenceville, Carle-ton County, New Brunswick, as published in the Hartland Observer in its issue of May 25?

Topic:   REGIONAL ECONOMIC EXPANSION
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR COMMENT ON STATEMENT MADE BY CHAIRMAN OF BOARD OF McCAIN FOODS
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LIB

Jean Marchand (Minister of Regional Economic Expansion)

Liberal

Hon. Jean Marchand (Minister of Regional Economic Expansion):

Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for having given me notice of the question. Unfortunately I could not find a copy of the newspaper. If I could have a copy of it maybe I could comment on it.

Topic:   REGIONAL ECONOMIC EXPANSION
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR COMMENT ON STATEMENT MADE BY CHAIRMAN OF BOARD OF McCAIN FOODS
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PC

Hugh John Flemming

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Flemming:

Will the minister assure the House that he will make a statement if I send him a copy of the article in question?

Topic:   REGIONAL ECONOMIC EXPANSION
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR COMMENT ON STATEMENT MADE BY CHAIRMAN OF BOARD OF McCAIN FOODS
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BILINGUALISM

INQUIRY AS TO APPOINTMENT OF COUNSEL TO PRESENT

PC

Eldon Mattison Woolliams

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Eldon M. Woolliams (Calgary North):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to direct a question to the Minister of Justice. As it would now appear that the Thorson case, the case launched by a former judge of the Exchequer Court, is going to get a hearing in reference to the constitutionality of the Official Languages Act, is the government of Canada considering its position and will counsel be appointed on the constitutional question so that the government's position will be put forward at that hearing?

Topic:   BILINGUALISM
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO APPOINTMENT OF COUNSEL TO PRESENT
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT'S POSITION AT HEARING OF THORSON CASE
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LIB

Otto Emil Lang (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada; Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board)

Liberal

Hon. Otto E. Lang (Minister of Justice):

Mr. Speaker, I will have to look at the question of whether any further move on our part is required. I should think not.

Topic:   BILINGUALISM
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO APPOINTMENT OF COUNSEL TO PRESENT
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT'S POSITION AT HEARING OF THORSON CASE
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PC

Eldon Mattison Woolliams

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Woolliams:

Since the Minister of Justice said he plans to take a look at it, will he then make a further report to the House in reference thereto?

Topic:   BILINGUALISM
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO APPOINTMENT OF COUNSEL TO PRESENT
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT'S POSITION AT HEARING OF THORSON CASE
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LIB

Otto Emil Lang (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada; Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board)

Liberal

Mr. Lang:

Yes, Mr. Speaker.

June 1, 1972

Topic:   BILINGUALISM
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO APPOINTMENT OF COUNSEL TO PRESENT
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT'S POSITION AT HEARING OF THORSON CASE
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NATIONAL HOLIDAYS

DETAILS OF CELEBRATION ON JULY 1

June 1, 1972