Fernand GIRARD

GIRARD, Fernand, B.L.

Personal Data

Party
Independent
Constituency
Lapointe (Quebec)
Birth Date
February 19, 1924
Deceased Date
July 2, 2004
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fernand_Girard
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=51dde446-7fb8-4093-bc28-9fffafa7ad05&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
journalist

Parliamentary Career

August 10, 1953 - April 12, 1957
IND
  Lapointe (Quebec)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 12)


April 1, 1957

Mr. Fernand Girard (Lapointe):

Mr. Speaker, the budget just brought down by the government has been coldly received by the Canadian public. While the government lavished advice on the Canadian people on ways to prevent inflation, the government itself failed to take any really practical steps along those lines. Government restrictions will seriously hinder residential construction: they will embarrass municipalities and school boards and strangle small industries.

All economists agree that, in times of inflation, more money must be put in the hands of the consumer, and that attempts must be made to lower the cost of living. Therefore family allowances should have been doubled, at least, to increase the buying power of the consumer. Actually this would only have brought back the value of the family allowances to the level of 1945. A government which boasts of a fantastic increase in Canadian prosperity, which spends untold millions every year and even manages at that to accumulate huge surpluses, suddenly feels incapable of paying family allowances on the scale of 1945 when its revenue was considerably less.

The insistence of our requests, which merely echoed the thousands of requests

Topic:   THE BUDGET
Subtopic:   ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE MINISTER OF FINANCE
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March 12, 1957

Mr. Fernand Girard (Lapointe):

Mr. Speaker, with regard to the establishment of the railways committee, I should like to address a few remarks to the Minister of Transport (Mr. Marler), to call his attention to the problem of the railroad serving the

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Committee on Railways and Shipping whole Saguenay area. In fact, the Saguenay area can perhaps claim the dubious honour of having the slowest railway service in America. The engineers working on this line, on either passenger or freight trains, are not allowed to exceed 35 miles per hour because of the many curves and the obsolete condition of the road.

The minister has no doubt received representations about this matter, from local boards of trade, in the course of the winter. Moreover, I have received complaints about the fact that, over a period of about two months, daily service, the train arrived on time two or three times at the most, especially during the Christmas season.

One of the railway employees personally told me that, at times, the numerous curves serve a useful purpose, in that on some of them the engineer, from his cab, can actually talk to the trainman in the tail coach.

Topic:   ESTABLISHMENT OF COMMITTEE ON RAILWAYS AND SHIPPING OWNED, OPERATED AND CONTROLLED BY THE GOVERNMENT
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March 12, 1957

Mr. Girard:

Recently, in compliance with a request, an extra coach was added, dubbed a "club car", but the only service it provides is bar service. Actually it is more a tavern than a club car for, according to the employees, they can't even make toast, since the train does not travel fast enough to generate the power required for the heating of the appliances used in making a plain sandwich.

The actual distance between Quebec and Jonquiere, by rail is 235 miles whereas by highway it is only 125 miles. A motor car or bus will cover the distance in three hours but the train trip from Jonquiere to Quebec takes eight or nine hours. And this is A.D. 1957!

A town like Jonquiere which, together with Kenogami, has a population of about 40,000, has yet been unable to secure a 24-hour a day telegraph service, so that in emergencies we have to resort to teletypes provided by people who have them available.

It seems to me that the Saguenay area, one undergoing extraordinary expansion, should at last be given an efficient and satisfactory train service. When we ask for information on the revenues of the C.N.R. in this region, the railway authorities give us the figures for the Atlantic region. According to people in the know, the Saguenay line is one of the most profitable on the whole Canadian National Railways system. At the same time it is one of the worst and the slowest in this country.

I feel that some thought should soon be given to the rebuilding of this line so that it could give a type of service which would allow the Canadian National Railways to have their share of the traffic, while giving the people the service they deserve.

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Topic:   ESTABLISHMENT OF COMMITTEE ON RAILWAYS AND SHIPPING OWNED, OPERATED AND CONTROLLED BY THE GOVERNMENT
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March 1, 1957

1. How many Canadians have emigrated to the United States since 1945, and what number from each province?

2. How many American citizens have immigrated to Canada since 1945?

1. How many applications for loans were received by the farm loan board, for each of the years 1952, 1953, 1954 and 1955, by provinces?

2. How many applications in each of these years were rejected?

Answer by: Hon. W. E. Harris (Minister of Finance):

1951-52 1952-53 1953-54 1954-55302 396 269 326274 348 350 456936 1120 1145 1461274 314 332 331740 1165 1177 1254453 700 813 580152 192 233 20175 82 92 87129 4 127 180 1973339 4444 4591 48931951-52 1952-53 1953-54 1954-551367 1628 1752 2029

Answer by: Hon. J. W. Pickersgill (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration):

1. The government of Canada does not maintain statistics on emigration from Canada to the United States.

2. From January 1, 1946, to December 31, 1956, 90,619 citizens of the United States immigrated to Canada.

Monday, March 4, 1957

Topic:   ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   EMIGRATION AND IMMIGRATION STATISTICS, CANADA-UNITED STATES
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February 11, 1957

What amounts have been spent by the federal government for the construction of the post offices of Jonquiere and Arvida, respectively?

Answer by: Mr. Bourget, Parliamentary

Assistant, for the Minister of Public Works:

Jonquiere federal building $425,157.74

Arvida federal building 238,835.89

Topic:   POST OFFICE CONSTRUCTION COSTS, JONQUIERE AND ARVIDA, QUE.
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