Robert SIMPSON

SIMPSON, Robert

Personal Data

Party
Progressive Conservative
Constituency
Churchill (Manitoba)
Birth Date
August 18, 1910
Deceased Date
January 1, 1997
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Simpson_(Manitoba_politician)
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=8008b1f1-3d67-41dd-88f0-abb93e3428ec&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
clerk, miner

Parliamentary Career

June 10, 1957 - February 1, 1958
PC
  Churchill (Manitoba)
March 31, 1958 - April 19, 1962
PC
  Churchill (Manitoba)
June 18, 1962 - February 6, 1963
PC
  Churchill (Manitoba)
April 8, 1963 - September 8, 1965
PC
  Churchill (Manitoba)
November 8, 1965 - April 23, 1968
PC
  Churchill (Manitoba)
June 25, 1968 - September 1, 1972
PC
  Churchill (Manitoba)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 162 of 166)


June 16, 1960

Mr. Simpson:

Mr. Chairman, I should like-

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June 15, 1960

Mr. Simpson:

Mr. Chairman, I should like to take this opportunity of bringing to the attention of the minister a problem which is of vital importance to the residents of one of our enterprising young communities in northern Manitoba. At the community of Snow Lake, Manitoba the people are receiving at the present time only tri-weekly mail service. This service has been going on for some time and up until very recently it was possibly the best service which could be provided by the Post Office Department because at that time there was only tri-weekly service on the trains travelling on the Hudson bay line from The Pas to Churchill. But now with further development at the new town-site of Thompson, Canadian National Railways have now inaugurated a daily service going northwards out of The Pas, and I would like the minister to give the very fullest consideration to investigating this situation to see if it would not be possible to take advantage of the new train service to give the people of Snow Lake a daily mail service.

In yesterday's mail I received a letter from the local administrator of that point. Attached to that letter was a very lengthy petition signed by the majority of the residents of Snow Lake. I understand that the original of this petition has been directed to the minister, and I sincerely request that this matter be given every consideration. I would like to point out that I am sure the people of Snow Lake would be very gratified to know that plans are under way for the construction of a new post office, and I certainly hope that this will be carried out as quickly as possible. The postmaster at Snow Lake has been performing very satisfactory service under sometimes adverse conditions due to lack of space in relation to the volume of mail which comes into this new community. This is a mining community, everyone there is employed, and I am quite sure I am safe in saying that there is a large volume of mail going in and out of Snow Lake.

There is one more small matter I should like to bring to the attention of the minister concerning another point in northern Manitoba, Cranberry Portage. Some time ago complaints came in from the residents of Cranberry Portage in relation to the facilities of the post office at that point. As the result of these complaints an investigation took place and all of the complaints were fully investigated. One of the recommendations which came out of the investigation by the

Supply-Post Office

officials who made the investigation was that it was very desirable to have a post office at that point located in a separate self-contained building entirely apart from the building which it is now in, which also houses a general store. In January this recommendation went in and I was advised by the Post Office Department that they felt this should be done. I should like the minister to investigate this problem and, if possible, advise me as to just what progress has been made.

In closing I should like to commend the minister on the work he has been doing in operating the department and to thank him for the co-operation I have had in the past. I should also like to make a strong plea to him to see if improved mail services cannot be had for the people of Snow Lake. I do not believe it would be too difficult. Snow Lake is located about 36 miles off the Hudson bay line and has access by road to the railhead at Wekusko and trains arrive in We-kusko every day. It may need some new arrangement with the contractor who transports the mail from Wekusko to Snow Lake, but this mail contractor has some obligation to meet each train every day in other work which he performs and I do not think it would be too difficult to make arrangments for mail to be carried between Wekusko and Snow Lake.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT
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June 15, 1960

Mr. Simpson:

Mr. Chairman, I should like to take this opportunity of bringing to the attention of the minister a problem which is of vital importance to the residents of one of our enterprising young communities in northern Manitoba. At the community of Snow Lake, Manitoba the people are receiving at the present time only tri-weekly mail service. This service has been going on for some time and up until very recently it was possibly the best service which could be provided by the Post Office Department because at that time there was only tri-weekly service on the trains travelling on the Hudson bay line from The Pas to Churchill. But now with further development at the new town-site of Thompson, Canadian National Railways have now inaugurated a daily service going northwards out of The Pas, and I would like the minister to give the very fullest consideration to investigating this situation to see if it would not be possible to take advantage of the new train service to give the people of Snow Lake a daily mail service.

In yesterday's mail I received a letter from the local administrator of that point. Attached to that letter was a very lengthy petition signed by the majority of the residents of Snow Lake. I understand that the original of this petition has been directed to the minister, and I sincerely request that this matter be given every consideration. I would like to point out that I am sure the people of Snow Lake would be very gratified to know that plans are under way for the construction of a new post office, and I certainly hope that this will be carried out as quickly as possible. The postmaster at Snow Lake has been performing very satisfactory service under sometimes adverse conditions due to lack of space in relation to the volume of mail which comes into this new community. This is a mining community, everyone there is employed, and I am quite sure I am safe in saying that there is a large volume of mail going in and out of Snow Lake.

There is one more small matter I should like to bring to the attention of the minister concerning another point in northern Manitoba, Cranberry Portage. Some time ago complaints came in from the residents of Cranberry Portage in relation to the facilities of the post office at that point. As the result of these complaints an investigation took place and all of the complaints were fully investigated. One of the recommendations which came out of the investigation by the

Supply-Post Office

officials who made the investigation was that it was very desirable to have a post office at that point located in a separate self-contained building entirely apart from the building which it is now in, which also houses a general store. In January this recommendation went in and I was advised by the Post Office Department that they felt this should be done. I should like the minister to investigate this problem and, if possible, advise me as to just what progress has been made.

In closing I should like to commend the minister on the work he has been doing in operating the department and to thank him for the co-operation I have had in the past. I should also like to make a strong plea to him to see if improved mail services cannot be had for the people of Snow Lake. I do not believe it would be too difficult. Snow Lake is located about 36 miles off the Hudson bay line and has access by road to the railhead at Wekusko and trains arrive in We-kusko every day. It may need some new arrangement with the contractor who transports the mail from Wekusko to Snow Lake, but this mail contractor has some obligation to meet each train every day in other work which he performs and I do not think it would be too difficult to make arrangments for mail to be carried between Wekusko and Snow Lake.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT
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June 3, 1960

Mr. Simpson:

Just one brief question on that explanation. For instance, in my opinion some of the lakes in that area should be classified as navigable waters. What is the explanation of the term "navigable waters", so far as the Department of Transport is concerned?

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS
Subtopic:   MARINE SERVICES
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June 3, 1960

Mr. Simpson:

I should like to get some information from the minister with regard to some of the inland lakes in the northern part of our provinces, particularly in northern Manitoba, respecting aids to navigation. Each year we see an increasing number of pleasure craft on those lakes. I am wondering whether there is any obligation on the Department of Transport to provide reef marks on those large northern lakes, or whether there is any financial assistance available to various groups such as campers' associations, and so on, to mark those reefs so that they make the lakes safe for navigation?

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Subtopic:   MARINE SERVICES
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