Thomas Gordon William ASHBOURNE

ASHBOURNE, Thomas Gordon William, B.A.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Grand Falls--White Bay--Labrador (Newfoundland and Labrador)
Birth Date
December 4, 1894
Deceased Date
March 8, 1984
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Gordon_William_Ashbourne
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=bebef7a0-f587-47e8-9e61-3587500ab037&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
director

Parliamentary Career

June 27, 1949 - June 13, 1953
LIB
  Grand Falls--White Bay (Newfoundland and Labrador)
August 10, 1953 - April 12, 1957
LIB
  Grand Falls--White Bay--Labrador (Newfoundland and Labrador)
June 10, 1957 - February 1, 1958
LIB
  Grand Falls--White Bay--Labrador (Newfoundland and Labrador)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 11)


January 15, 1958

Mr. T. G. W. Ashbourne (Grand Falls-While Bay-Labrador):

Mr. Speaker, I rise not to oppose the third reading of the bill but to go on record as stating that in my opinion the value of this bill for Newfoundland would be vastly increased if provision had been made in it for the inclusion of hydroelectric developments. It well may be that as the result of future research and development the day will come when the cheapest way of developing electrical power will be by the use of atomic energy. It is most important for Newfoundland that the cheapest possible power be made available. At the moment we have a great lack of atomic energy, but we have a surplus of water power which could be utilized for the development of hydroelectric power.

Atlantic Provinces Power Development

There are places in my riding where electricity is developed, some by hydro such as at Bishop's falls where the electricity used by the great Anglo-Newfoundland Development Company in their paper mill at Grand Falls is generated. Many people in Newfoundland have to depend on small motors to develop sufficient electricity for home use. These motors are run either by gasoline, which is quite expensive, or by diesel fuel oil. We are all aware of the great benefit to be derived from electrical power, and how it raises the standard of living. We are aware also of how electrical power enables industries to operate.

I believe provision should have been made in this bill so that sufficient capital could have been made available to those companies which wished to develop hydroelectric power. In Newfoundland and Labrador we have a great number of lakes, powerful rivers and waterfalls, the waters of which could be utilized for generating electrical energy. In the past the main obstacle in the way of this development has been a lack of capital to provide the necessary generating stations, transmission and distribution lines. I regret very much that the bill has not been amended to include a provision covering the generation of electrical power by means of water power.

I should like to support the suggestion which has been made by the hon. member for Bonavista-Twillingate that the matter be given further consideration by the minister and the government in order to see whether or not the bill could be amended so the people of Newfoundland could derive some benefits from it. There are places in Newfoundland where the people have to light their homes with kerosene lamps. Those of us who are aware of the benefits of electric light know what a great disadvantage that is. Today the people are looking for more electrical power so they can use this great source of energy in order to raise their standard of living.

All the coal we use in Newfoundland has to be brought in by ship from Nova Scotia, the United States of America, and in some cases from Wales. We know this measure provides one way in which the great benefits to be derived from electrical energy could be distributed to the people who would benefit in a real way. We want the cheapest power that can be provided in order that we may survive. I trust, Mr. Speaker, that consideration will be given to amending this bill.

Topic:   ATLANTIC PROVINCES-LEGISLATION RESPECTING THERMAL PROJECTS
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November 29, 1957

Mr. Ashbourne:

I would like to add my voice to those who have already given their congratulations to the hon. minister upon his appointment as Minister of Veterans Affairs and I feel sure that under his capable guidance the veterans will be well looked after. I also wish to thank him for the amendments he has already brought before the house, particularly those affecting Newfoundland and to add at this time my support to the arguments made this afternoon by my colleague, the hon. member for Burin-Burgeo, a veteran who served in world war I and also in world war II.

Supply-Veterans Affairs

I also had a copy of this brief forwarded to me by Mr. W. R. Martin, the provincial secretary, Newfoundland Command of the Canadian Legion, British Empire Service League. I will not go into this in detail as was done by my colleague, but would like to say that it has my heartiest support and that I trust the minister will, either by regulations or if that is not possible, by necessary legislation, satisfy the arguments contained in this brief. I particularly hope that he will introduce before this house such legislation as will put the veterans of Newfoundland on a par with the rest of the Canadian veterans. I know at the time when veterans affairs were considered by those who arranged the terms of confederation with Newfoundland in 1947 and 1948, it was recognized that there would no doubt be certain items which would come up in future years and which would have to be straightened out. I feel sure that the hon. minister, who comes from one of the Atlantic provinces, will recognize the claims of Newfoundlanders in this regard and I think we can rely upon him to do anything necessary in order to solve the problems faced by those in that part of the country.

Before I sit down I would also like to indicate my support with those members who have already spoken on the matter of the merchant marine. Coming as I do from Newfoundland and living close to the Atlantic ocean I feel we are in a position to know the great work those men performed in peacetime, and particularly in wartime, in keeping open the channels of transportation by which we have been able to provide the necessary food to keep our population from starvation. I cannot speak too strongly in support of all necessary measures which can be taken in the interests of the veterans and merchant marine and if the minister feels there is any additional legislation which should be brought before this house I feel sure it will be given very sympathetic consideration.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
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November 15, 1957

Mr. T. G. W. Ashbourne (Grand Falls-While Bay-Labrador):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to address a question to the Minister of Mines and Technical Surveys. Will the minister please look into the matter of delays occasioned to vessels loading coal at North Sydney for Newfoundland, and see if these loadings can be expedited?

Topic:   SHIPPING
Subtopic:   NORTH SYDNEY
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November 8, 1957

Mr. T. G. W. Ashbourne (Grand Falls-White Bay-Labrador):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to direct a question to the Minister of Transport. What progress has been made in providing a new hospital at Gander, and also what facilities for hotel accommodation will be made available when the construction of the new terminal at Gander will have been completed?

Topic:   AIRPORTS
Subtopic:   GANDER-HOSPITAL AND HOTEL ACCOMMODATION
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April 8, 1957

Mr. T. G. W. Ashbourne (Grand Falls-White Bay-Labrador):

Mr. Speaker, may I have unanimous consent to revert to motions to present the committee report?

Topic:   MARINE AND FISHERIES
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT FOR PRESENTATION OF COMMITTEE REPORT
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