George Matheson MURRAY

MURRAY, George Matheson

Parliamentary Career

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

Most Recent Speeches (Page 4 of 91)


May 12, 1953

Mr. Murray (Cariboo):

In that connection may I say that it is good to learn that the intention is to bring the telephone and telegraphic services in the interior of British Columbia up to a high degree of efficiency. I should like to say to the minister that, regardless of any agreement which is made with any of these companies, there will remain the claim of ranchers 80 miles or 100 miles out, miners, settlers and so on, who depend upon this communication system for their very existence.

When British Columbia entered confederation in 1871 that was one of the main points taken into consideration in the agreement with Canada. Commitments made at that time, regardless of any decisions made now, must be carried out. Let us take the case of a rancher a hundred miles out from the rail, in a little community at the end of a trail. In times past the telegraph or telephone system of this government has serviced that little community, and it was available to save life or limb, or to bring relief. It was not operated on a cash and carry basis. Today in the Cariboo country we have hundreds of miles of these telegraph and telephone lines leading out into the remote areas. Neither the British Columbia Telephone Company, the Bell Telephone Company nor anybody else would be able to make any revenue from that service. Nevertheless it is necessary and vital to the success of that country.

We are most fortunate in having a minister who realizes the humanitarian aspect of the matter as well as the cash and carry side of

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the communications service in that great part of British Columbia which is progressing so rapidly and emerging from pioneer status to that of a commercial area in Canada. New towns in that area are growing up with 1,000 telephones, or 500 or 400 as the case may be. A decision has to be made as to whether this service will be carried on under the crown or whether we will sell it to a private industry.

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):

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

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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 9, 1953

Mr. Murray (Cariboo):

I see an item here-

Topic:   IRRIGATION
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
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May 9, 1953

Mr. Murray (Cariboo):

I think his personal attention to his own health is an example to everybody in Canada.

Topic:   IRRIGATION
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
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May 9, 1953

Mr. Murray (Cariboo):

Mr. Chairman, it will be a good change to turn from old age and old age security and all that sort of thing to something that has to do with the youth in our country. I think this money is probably being better spent than is any other tax money. But I understand that the physical training program, during the recent chaotic political conditions out in British Columbia, has been put aside and that British Columbia therefore will not want any part of the amount which comes under this head.

Topic:   IRRIGATION
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
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