George Matheson MURRAY

MURRAY, George Matheson

Parliamentary Career

June 27, 1949 - June 13, 1953
LIB
  Cariboo (British Columbia)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 2 of 91)


February 14, 1962

Mr. Curran:

I cannot say. You will have to ask our solicitor. He came up to Ottawa, he went to the Department of Veterans Affairs, I believe, and he did not get very far there so he packed up and came back home.

That was in 1952 or 1953.

Even at that time the hon. member for Burin-Burgeo was a member of this house, a supporter of the government of the day. If I am not mistaken, at that time the hon. member for Bonavista-Twillingate was the representative of Newfoundland in the cabinet, and I believe secretary of state. The hon. member for Grand Falls-White Bay-Labrador (Mr. Granger) was there at that time serving as executive assistant to the minister from Newfoundland.

Topic:   AMENDMENTS EXTENDING PAYMENTS TO CERTAIN GROUPS
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May 12, 1953

Mr. Murray (Cariboo):

I must say that from coast to coast the air facilities are inadequate, and this would apply to every airport from Vancouver right through, Calgary, Malton, Winnipeg and all these various places. There are not sufficient facilities to handle the people who travel by air. We

Supply-Transport

might as well realize that we are in an air age and more room is required. Even at Dorval you find conditions very crowded, with inadequate facilities to handle the great number of people who are constantly passing through.

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
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May 12, 1953

Mr. Murray (Cariboo):

Mr. Chairman, I think the time has come when this whole question of feed grain subsidies should be closely examined as it runs into many millions of dollars a year in order to convey grain from the western prairies to Ontario and Quebec and to others who feed it upon farms on which they could very easily grow

their own grain. In my own part of British Columbia-

Topic:   CIVIL AVIATION
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO NEW COMMERCIAL ROUTES IN UNITED STATES
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May 12, 1953

Mr. Murray (Cariboo):

Many a man has been disappointed.

Topic:   CIVIL AVIATION
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO NEW COMMERCIAL ROUTES IN UNITED STATES
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May 12, 1953

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
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