October 26, 1951 (21st Parliament, 5th Session)


Major James William Coldwell

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. M. J. Coldwell (Roseiown-Biggar):

Mr. Speaker, we learned of the intention of the government, and therefore had an opportunity of considering the matter, and we are of the same opinion as that expressed by the hon. member for Vancouver-Quadra (Mr. Green). We think that we have an experienced committee which has been dealing with railways, canals and telegraph lines for a number of years. Some members of the committee have had experience on that committee for a number of years, and we are of the opinion that much more could be done by an experienced committee than one which is set up anew to deal with this problem. I suggest to the minister that it would be in the best interests of the house and of those who will appear before that committee, and the officials who will be there to advise hon. members, that the experience of this committee should be utilized in discussing this problem, which is of very great importance not only to the government but to the country

and to every member of the House of Commons as well as indeed to the railways. And therefore I would support-I may say that I do so at the request of my colleagues, and I am in agreement with it of course-the suggestion that the procedure outlined by the hon. member for Vancouver-Quadra be followed.
Hon Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport): Mr. Speaker-

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