Hon. Hugh John Flemming (Carleton-Charlotte):
Mr. Speaker, I will take only a moment or two of the time of the House to make some observations relative to the motion presented with conviction and eloquence by my friend the hon. member for Halifax-East Hants (Mr. McCleave). I associate myself with the supporting remarks which have been made from all quarters of the
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House and certainly with those of the hon. member for Northumberland-Miramichi (Mr. Smith).
The mover of the motion indicated specifically to members within sound of his voice the formula which he feels should be adopted-a 90-10 cost-sharing formula. This brings to mind an association which I had in the period 1952 to 1957 with a previous administration-which held office with a degree of distinction-led by the right hon. Mr. St. Laurent. At that time the minister of public works was the Hon. Robert Winters. I remember him asking us to come from New Brunswick to discuss speeding up the construction of the Trans-Canada Highway in that province. We arrived and we had a conference with the Hon. Robert Winters who was not niggardly in his proposition, neither was he partisan in his approach. In my opinion he was a great minister and I pay tribute to his memory tonight.