Mr. Chairman, instead of speaking on the four or five previous items, I will sum up with the last one. I will restrict myself to two minutes.
It is often said that the dissatisfaction in the province of Quebec is justified. At the present time, the minister is making a tour of this country and of Quebec. Now, one of the fields where there is more reason for dissatisfaction is transportation. In many cases, it comes under the federal jurisdiction: airports, Montreal harbour, Trois-Rivieres harbour, Quebec harbour, the Canadian National Railways, Air Canada, the St. Lawrence river. It is a field that comes under the Department of
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Supply-Transport Transport and it is probably the one where there are more grounds for complaint.
Whether the minister remains Minister of Transport or becomes Prime Minister, I ask him to study in depth all the problems which exist in the field of transportation. Let him make no mistake about it: if he wants to please Quebec, he should talk about transportation, because it is in that field that there is most dissatisfaction. There is no improvement, no expansion, no winter navigation on the St. Lawrence. There are many other complaints. Anyone who takes the 11 o'clock train from Montreal to Ottawa never meets an employee who can speak French. There is no bilingualism between Ottawa and Montreal. I do not object to anyone who does not speak French, but he should not be put to work on a line where so many French Canadians travel. The minister should make an investigation about the C.N.R. line between Montreal and Ottawa, especially about the 11 o'clock train at night; he will see that there is not a single employee who speaks French. That is not very pleasant.
The situation has greatly improved as far as Air Canada is concerned, and I want to commend its directors. The European service, for instance, is much better. I used it recently to go to France, and I noticed that. I commend Air Canada in that regard.
But nothing is done by the Canadian National Railways. The minister should remember that this is probably one of the most important fields and one which causes the greatest dissatisfaction at the present time. It is up to him to find solutions.
Topic: DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT