March 23, 1979 (30th Parliament, 4th Session)

LIB

Otto Emil Lang (Minister of Transport; Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board)

Liberal

Mr. Lang:

Mr. Speaker, I suppose one thing I can be sure of is that if passengers were not allowed to board a vessel to make the crossing because somebody said there was ice out there, and then because of a sudden change of winds, vessels were able to move across that strait, the hon. member for St. John's East would be criticizing the failure to move those passengers.
Oral Questions
The fact is that, at least as informed as I am, wind and ice conditions can change very quickly in terms of whether vessels can move through, and that can happen between the time of departure and the time of arrival. As I say, I am not an expert on whether these vessels should move out to sea.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ICE SURVEILLANCE CAPABILITY IN GULF OF ST. LAWRENCE
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