December 12, 1957

ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY REPORTED ANNOUNCEMENT OF SETTING OF TOLLS


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Official Opposition House Leader; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Hon. Lionel Chevrier (Laurier):

May I ask

the Minister of Transport a question. Have tolls for the St. Lawrence seaway been established pursuant to the St. Lawrence Seaway Authority Act, and if not will he tell the house how it is that a member of the United States tolls committee announced in Washington recently that tolls had been fixed at 50 cents a ton for bulk commodities and $1.25 a ton for general cargo? What I should like to know is whether or not the Canadian seaway authority was consulted and agreed to this announcement?

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PC

George Harris Hees (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. George H. Hees (Minister of Transport):

Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the hon. member for his courtesy in advising me of his intention to ask this question. There has been no agreement as yet as to tolls as provided for in the St. Lawrence Seaway Authority Act. The seaway authority is not aware of any official announcement from Washington as to the setting of seaway tolls, although references have been made recently in speeches by United States officials to evidence given at congressional hearings when the Wiley-Dondero act was under study. I can assure the house that in so far as the seaway authority is concerned, the quantum of the tolls is still under study. It is not anticipated that the studies can be completed for several months.

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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Official Opposition House Leader; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

I hold in my hand a press statement announcing the amount of tolls in Washington. I simply ask this supplementary question. Does the minister not think that announcements of this character should be made jointly by the Canadian and United States committee on tolls appointed for this purpose?

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PC

George Harris Hees (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hees:

Yes, I certainly do. I agree with the hon. member.

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BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

ANSWER TO STARRED QUESTION 48


On the orders of the day:


PC

George Harris Hees (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. George H. Hees (Minister of Transport):

There seemed to be some confusion about the answering of starred question

No. 48 yesterday. Since that question requires an answer from several departments it is, of course, the responsibility of my colleague the Secretary of State. I know she intended yesterday, had she been here, to ask that it stand. Since it is not possible for her to be here today I thought I would give this explanation to the house.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   ANSWER TO STARRED QUESTION 48
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HEALTH AND WELFARE

DEFINITION OF OPTOMETRIST


article in "Canada's health and welfare" On the orders of the day:


SC

Frederick George Hahn

Social Credit

Mr. F. G. J. Hahn (New Westminster):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to address a question to the Minister of National Health and Welfare. Has the minister's attention been drawn to an article in the publication Canada's Health and Welfare, November issue, entitled "Myopia" written under the direction of J. H. Grove, M.D., in which the position of the optometrist is degraded? If so, does he feel that it is the responsibility of his department to promote one profession as against another?

Topic:   HEALTH AND WELFARE
Subtopic:   DEFINITION OF OPTOMETRIST
Sub-subtopic:   REFERENCE TO
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PC

Jay Waldo Monteith (Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. J. W. Monieilh (Minister of National Health and Welfare):

I should like to thank the hon. member for having given me notice of his intention to ask this question. The article on "Myopia" in Canada's Health and Welfare, November issue, has been drawn to my attention. I can assure the hon. member that the definition of "optometrist" given in this article is essentially the same as previous definitions given in pamphlets issued by the department in 1947, 1952 and 1955. These definitions were approved by optometrists and officials of associations of optometrists. It is not considered that optometrists have been degraded by these definitions, which are in accord with the facts; nor does this department promote the interests of one profession as against another.

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Subtopic:   DEFINITION OF OPTOMETRIST
Sub-subtopic:   REFERENCE TO
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EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

WESTERN GERMANY


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. M. J. Coldwell (Roselown-Biggar):

should like to direct a question to the Secretary of State for External Affairs. Since we have already agreed to supply Western Germany with uranium for peaceful purposes, does the minister believe it to be wise to support the rearming of Western Germany

Inquiries of the Ministry with atomic weapons, or more particularly the stockpiling of guided missiles in that area?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   WESTERN GERMANY
Sub-subtopic:   WEAPONS AND GUIDED MISSILES
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PC

Sidney Earle Smith (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Sidney E. Smith (Secretary of State for External Affairs):

I should like to take this question as notice.

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Subtopic:   WESTERN GERMANY
Sub-subtopic:   WEAPONS AND GUIDED MISSILES
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December 12, 1957