May 28, 1948 (20th Parliament, 4th Session)

LIB

George Alexander Cruickshank

Liberal

Mr. G. A. CRUICKSHANK (Fraser Valley):

Mr. Speaker, on a question of privilege, I had intended moving the adjournment of the house to discuss a matter which I consider to be of national importance, namely, the floods in the province of British Columbia, particularly the Fraser valley; but I understand that under the rules it is not customary to move such a motion if we are going into supply.
I do not wish to weary the house, but I must point out that this has become a very serious matter in British Columbia. It is no longer a Fraser valley matter, but a national matter, since the whole economy of the Pacific coast is involved. I should like to have the assurance of the government that I shall be given the privilege of speaking when estimates come up this afternoon in committee of supply.
I am particularly concerned about the situation in my own riding. I have already purchased my ticket for flight home if I can get an aeroplane, because I consider it my duty to be in my riding at this time. As I have said, this is a serious matter, because lives are at stake and the damage has already exceeded millions of dollars. Last night another dike went in Sumas prairie, and if the river rises thirty-two inches more the town of Chilliwack will be flooded and millions of dollars of damage will be done. I should like to have the assurance that an opportunity will be given me to discuss the matter; otherwise I shall consider it my duty to move the adjourn^ ment of the house.

Topic:   FLOOD CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   FRASER VALLEY AND OTHER BRITISH COLUMBIA AREAS-OPPORTUNITY FOR DISCUSSION
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