April 25, 1974 (29th Parliament, 2nd Session)

LIB

Stanley Ronald Basford (Minister of State for Urban Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. Basford:

Mr. Chairman, I want to make it clear to the hon. member that I am not familiar with all the details of the Winnipeg proposals because I have not had to familiarize myself with them. The hon. member asks what kind of protection would be provided under this legislation. First, the initiation of the relocation proposal must come from the municipality or province. That is very clear in this legislation. They are the applicants to the CTC. They put together an urban development plan and a transportation plan on the basis of studies and work, and they
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put that to the CTC. So it seems to me that the protection about which the hon. member asks lies in the fact that the applicant is the municipality, in this case the city of Winnipeg. That is the first general area of protection. I am not referring at this point to specific sections, although this would be clear as we go through this bill clause by clause.
The other point is that the CTC will deal with the application, and on any major ones, as I made clear this afternoon, they will undoubtedly hold hearings. So if there is an objection to what the municipality has done, they will have the right to be heard and will have protection in that way. So the fact, that the municipality prepares the application and is the initiator of the railway relocation proposals is the first line of protection.
The second line of protection is the public hearings. The third, of course, is the CTC itself. If some part of the plan was clearly not in the public interest in terms of the urban area, the commission would not go along with the plan. The railroad simply cannot put in a facility wherever it wants without the approval of the commission. Those three areas are the protection which the hon. member asked for.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   RAILWAY RELOCATION AND CROSSING ACT
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