March 21, 1979 (30th Parliament, 4th Session)

PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prince Albert):

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Minister of Transport: it has to do with the production of a document entitled "Can Canada really export one and a quarter billion bushels of grain a year by 1985?" It talks about what is being done and what still needs to be done and the whole thing is directed to showing what is still needed, which indicates that little or nothing has been done.
However, I am very much impressed by the expenditure of thousands of dollars in advertising in advance of a possible election, and I will direct my attention and that of the honourable and amiable minister to the last paragraphs of the document. The title reads "What you can do if your closest rail line is proposed for abandonment." It goes on to say:
You can fight for unprotected branch lines several ways, starting right now. Here is what you can do:
1. Form a local retention committee ...
2. Study the reasons why the Hall commission or PRAC recommended
abandonment. You may find an important mistake or you may find the
situation has changed.
The next paragraph is a good one.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   RAILWAYS
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