Right Hon. C. D. HOWE (Minister of Reconstruction and Supply):
hon. member for Nanaimo (Mr. Pearkes) asked a question about the disposal of the Pacific communications system. The question of the disposal of the Pacific communications system was discussed at a meeting between officials of War Assets Corporation, together with representatives of the R.C.A.F., the ' British Columbia Telephone company, Canadian National Telegraphs, Canadian Pacific Telegraphs and Dominion Government Telegraphs, and it was agreed that the surplus
communication system should be sold to the proper parties and in the best interests of the public and all concerned.
The ultimate disposition of the Pacific communications system has been adhered to in accordance with the agreed requirements necessary to operate this high grade telephone and telegraph service in the best interests of the public in the areas covered by the system.
As a result of the sale of the Pacific communications system, wire facilities between Hope and Ashcroft, British Columbia, are composed of one circuit between Hope and Lytton and four circuits between Hope and Ashcroft. Complete telephone facilities at Ashcroft are provided by the British Columbia Telephone company, and telegraph services by Canadian National Telegraphs, Canadian Pacific Telegraphs and Dominion Government Telegraphs.
Subtopic: TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE SERVICES IN RURAL BRITISH COLUMBIA