February 27, 1976

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Eymard G. Corbin

Liberal

Mr. Corbin:

Madam Speaker, I rise on a point of order.

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Albanie Morin (Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole)

Liberal

The Acting Speaker (Mrs. Morin):

The hon. member for Madawaska-Victoria (Mr. Corbin) on a point of order.

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Eymard G. Corbin

Liberal

Mr. Corbin:

Madam Speaker, the hon. member for Laprairie (Mr. Watson) has just put a question to the parliamentary secretary. Having already spent several years here, he should know the Canadian government has already made a feasibility study of the construction of a high-speed highway through Maine, and rejected it.

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Joseph Clifford McIsaac (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Regional Economic Expansion)

Liberal

Mr. Mclsaac:

Madam Speaker, if I may just reply to the question of my hon. friend from Laprairie, some work has been done by the Department of Public Works and the Department of Transport on the projects mentioned by him. I am sure further work will be done in light of this debate and in light of any further bills and propositions put forward by the hon. member for Laprairie (Mr. Watson).

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Simma Holt

Liberal

Mrs. Simma Holt (Vancouver-Kingsway):

Madam

Speaker, I shall only make a brief intervention. I want to remind hon. members-and I never like them to forget- that there is always a woman's angle as well as an age angle to issues of this sort. I can think back to when this

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highway was first started in 1942. I lived in Vegreville, 60 miles from where it all began. I well remember, when the highway started, and the U.S. Army in Edmonton. I should like the hon. members to appreciate that I well remember that era, because I do like a little respect for my age.

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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

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Simma Holt

Liberal

Mrs. Holt:

Also for my maturity.

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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear!

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Simma Holt

Liberal

Mrs. Holt:

I also wish to stress the woman's angle. It was then very much a man's world and still is. Then the Highway was called the Alaska Military Highway, and "Military" then implied an all male club. A woman writer named Gertrude Baskine, of French and Irish ancestry, who had toured all over the world and wrote about her experience, was on a trans-continental tour of Canada. In Regina a reporter asked her what she planned to do next. She replied, "I will do the Alaska highway". That afternoon the papers blazed forth the news, and several hundred women shook her hand and extolled her courage. They said to her, "Are you really going up the Alaska highway? No woman would be given permission to do that; it is a military area and is impossible".

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That is all you need say to a woman. Let that be a warning to you: don't ever tell a woman-the Gertrude Baskines-or me-that it is impossible. She went up the Alaska highway and was the first woman to do so.

There are many other access routes other than by the Alaska highway-by air, sea, and back-packing I do not recommend them all as the way to go. Nevertheless, this woman hitchhiked all the way over the then military highway.

I should like to make another point. They have mosquitos and black flies up there. Needless to say this creates a very trying experience. The important point about the mosquitoes and black flies is they are symbolic of what happens next. Civilization moves in, and with it repellents, insecticides, death to nature-

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Some hon. Members:

Question.

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Albanie Morin (Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole)

Liberal

The Acting Speaker (Mrs. Morin):

Monday, March 1, 1976

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