There is far more to regional economic expansion that the equalization of freight rates. Members opposite talk about the lack of foresight in the Minister of Transport. In my riding an announcement was made a year ago, prior to my being a member, concerning a new Ministry of Transport training institute. I challenge members opposite: if they do not think there is any future in the transportation policy the government is advocating, take a tour down to Heron Road and find out the future policy and programs of the Ministry of Transport. Let them find out about the new school that is going to be started in Cornwall in 1975. I guarantee the philosophy would change across the House.
At the present time, the Ministry of Transport is conducting senior management courses involving new training techniques in transportation. These courses are unique in the world. This is something which came under the administration of the present Minister of Transport. Provided all sectors of the economy, including the private sector and provincial governments which are actively interested in the programs of the Ministry of Transport training institute, can co-operate, hopefully this institute can become a national transportation centre.
I should like to comment on something the hon. member for Regina-Lake Centre (Mr. Benjamin) said the other day. He was talking about the inadvisability of DC-9 flights between Ottawa and Montreal. Who was the Minister of Transport who introduced STOL? That will answer the question. If that is not progressive, I really do not know what is. I do not mean the kind of "progressive" that the hon. member for Grenville-Carleton, who is looking at
me, is thinking about now. The foresight of this government in the transportation field goes back many years. I recall the years during which Hon. Lionel Chevrier, then the hon. member for Stormont, was minister of transport: another great Liberal.
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