July 1, 1938

CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

I was asked whether or

not some were favoured as against others, and I said I understood that there was a fixed rule established from which there was no departure. Is that correct?

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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. HOWE:

That is not altogether correct. In budding the line it has been found impossible always to get the necessary facilities. In Calgary, for example, we needed an airport, and the city was unable to provide it. In that instance we made the only arrangement that was workable. We said that if the city provided the land and undertook to operate the airport, we would build it. In Lethbridge we had to go beyond the proportion simply in order to get the field into condition to operate. That, however, was done because they needed it.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Public necessity.

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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. HOWE:

Yes. There are no others

treated in that way.

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Item agreed to. Railway service-specials-Amount to be applied towards the actual cost of construction work for the protection, safety and convenience of the public in respect of highway crossings of railways as the governor in council may from time to time determine, $1,000,000.


CCF

Major James William Coldwell

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. COLDWELL:

I would impress upon

the minister the extreme need for proper protection at railway crossings. A large number of accidents are occurring, and I believe it is at times impossible on account of drainage and other conditions to build subways or bridges. Does the minister contemplate a large expenditure this year on the installation of safety devices? If so, would he consider looking into Canadian devices, of which I believe there are some. The majority of those now in use for the protection of crossings, are, I understand, of United States origin.

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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. HOWE:

The minister has absolutely

nothing to do with the expenditure of the fund, which is administered entirely by the board of railway commissioners.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

On public application

made by the municipality.

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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. HOWE:

Yes. The application comes from interested parties.

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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. COLDWELL:

But this is public

money, and perhaps the minister, if it is at all possible, will see to it that Canadian equipment is used.

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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. HOWE:

In so far as I have anything

to do with the matter, I shall be glad to consider the suggestion.

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Item agreed to. Special-To provide for contribution to cost of railway projects now needed but which have been deferred under present conditions, $850,000.


CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

This looks like a deferred

maintenance item which should be in another place.

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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. HOWE:

It is similar to the vote put through in the first session of this parliament. The purpose is for cooperation with the railways to absorb unemployment.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Oh, that is what it is for.

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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. HOWE:

Yes. The contribution that we shall make will not be more than the actual labour involved in the project.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

That is sufficient to

identify it. It did not indicate on the face of it what it was.

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Item agreed to. Government Owned Enterprises (Non-active Accounts) Canadian National Railway Company Amount not exceeding $42,000,000 to be paid from time to time, under such conditions as the Minister of Finance may prescribe, to the Canadian National Railway Company (hereinafter called "the national company") and to be applied by the national company in payment of the deficit arising in the calendar year 1938, including such supplementary contribution to the intercolonial and Prince Edward Island railway employees' provident fund as may be necessary to provide for payment in full of monthly allowances under the provisions of the Intercolonial and Prince Edward Island Railway Employees' Provident Fund Act notwithstanding, the limitation contained in section four of the said act, and including such supplementary contribution to the Grand Trunk Railway of Canada superannuation and provident fund as may be necessary to enable payment to be made of monthly allowances under the rules and regulations of the fund, notwithstanding the limitation contained in section thirteen of chapter sixty-five of the Statutes of Canada, 1874, but not including amounts charged to proprietor's equity of the national railway system as defined in chapter twenty-two of the Statutes of Canada, 1937- Canadian National Railways, exclusive of eastern lines, $39,900,000. Eastern lines, $2,100,000. Right Hon. R. B. Bennett


CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

These amounts have been considered by the special committee?

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LIB

July 1, 1938