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


Alphonse Fournier (Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)


Mr. FOURNIER (Hull):

I will not say that I was satisfied. Then I tried to get help from the proper authorities, but I do not know that I was so successful there either. I knew that the municipality could not cope with the situation. It had no means to do so, and it certainly had no control over the flow of the river, especially in the spring.
I do not want to get into an argument, but I recall that in the green book containing proposals of the federal government to the provinces there was reference to public investment, and I believe there were a few paragraphs concerning works of this nature in connection with which the federal government declared itself prepared to co-operate in order to relieve serious conditions in the provinces. I am not reflecting upon what took place at the conference or what was discussed there, but those proposals have never been withdrawn. They are still in the green book which was presented to the premiers of the provinces.
My officials in every part of the country have been instructed to do their utmost, with the staff and the means we have, to help local populations. I am more than pleased to be able to say that my deputy is out there now. Perhaps he foresaw what was going to take place in British Columbia, because he flew out there on Monday or Tuesday. I think he will be back next Tuesday, and if any further questions are put concerning the situation I will be ready to give all the information I can.

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