Mr. Murray (Cariboo):
After listening to the discussion one would think that this airport of Vancouver was dealing with an unfriendly foreign power. Everybody knows that the airport at Vancouver is an international airport. It was made so because of its geographical position, not because of any virtues in Vancouver. Those of us who reside in the interior and who must use the air lines to get into Vancouver have this happen to us. We get on the plane at Fort St. John and after two or three hours we are at the international airport at Vancouver. By using a lot of intelligence we get a taxicab to go into town. Having got a taxicab to proceed to the city of Vancouver, the third city of our great Canada, we go two or three miles and we come to a little bridge such as you might see in the backwoods country of Kaza-bazua or up in the north woods. There is a barrier you must not pass. Some little steamboat has to go under the Marpole bridge with a couple of logs behind it. After breaking
your neck and after paying your good money to come from Fort St. John to Vancouver you have to stay there and wait until this boat with these few logs gets through, and after two or three hours you get into Vancouver.
It is a confirmation of what I said a few moments ago, that we are living in an air age but the city of Vancouver is back to the horse and buggy days. There is no question about it. If the Department of Transport ever offered the city of Vancouver one dollar for that airport, why, the city of Vancouver should accept it and say: "It is splendid."
It is a magnificent airport, situated as they have said at a very strategic place. Mr. McConachie, one of our greatest men in air traffic today, has developed plans for travel from the new international airport there to Australia, New Zealand, South America, Asia -that is to Japan and China-and so forth. As the minister has said, he has planned to go over the pole to Europe.
Why, if the people of Vancouver would only open their eyes they would realize that they are in a great age of expansion, in the air age. They would, of course, turn that airport over to the Department of Transport for $1 and good intentions; and I am sure the government of Canada would build a bridge over the Marpole bottleneck or blockade, or whatever you wish to call it, which would enable people from all over the world to travel quickly into one of the most beautiful cities in the world today, the great city of Vancouver.
As a man from the hinterland I will tell you that the thing is wrapped up in a whole lot of parish politics, this and that, Social Credit and so forth. The destiny of that great city has narrowed down into the little bottleneck of the Marpole bridge where a village constable comes out and says: "Well, after a while you can pass"; and after a while you can pass. As I say, this is an age of speed and air travel and that sort of thing, but I think it is silly when we go to so much expense to make speed to get somewhere and, after we get there, sit down, light a cigarette, drink some coffee and after two or three hours a taxicab gets you into town.
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT OF APPOINTMENT OF THE CHIEF JUSTICE OF CANADA, THE SPEAKER OF THE SENATE, THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS AND THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION