June 1, 1981

LIB

Robert Theodore Bockstael (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Robert Bockstael (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Transport):

Mr. Speaker, the commitment of this government to the growth of western Canada is well known. Recent indications of this commitment, as noted by the Minis-

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ter of Employment and Immigration (Mr. Axworthy) in his reply to the hon. member for Vancouver South (Mr. Fraser) on May 28, show the role the federal government intends to play in the west, now and in the future.

One recent example is our contribution of up to $60 million to ensure that the Vancouver light rapid transit system is built. This contribution is a firm commitment of the government, and one which will have spin-off effects, we hope, both in the British Columbia industry which will service the system, and in the Vancouver project's demonstration of Canadian transportation technology for export.

As noted on that same day in reply to the hon. member. Senator Argue's recent announcement about the sale of grain to the Soviet Union stands as another example of this government's concern and commitment.

I can assure the House that there will be more announcements and more action in the next months which will, I hope, satisfy the concern of the hon. member and this government that the federal government is playing its proper role in ensuring orderly growth and expansion of the economic health of western Canada.

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NDP

Stanley Howard Knowles (N.D.P. House Leader)

New Democratic Party

Mr. Knowles:

But where is the fund?

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LIB

Roderick Blaker (Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole)

Liberal

The Acting Speaker (Mr. Blaker):

The motion to adjourn the House is now deemed to have been adopted. Accordingly, this House stands adjourned until two o'clock tomorrow afternoon.

At 10.25 p.m. the House adjourned, without question put, pursuant to Standing Order.

Tuesday, June 2, 1981

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June 1, 1981