January 31, 1958

LIB

Lomer Brisson

Liberal

Mr. Lomer Brisson (Saguenay):

Mr. Speaker, may I direct a question to the Postmaster General. Since the ferry service between Tadoussac and Ste. Catherine has been stopped for a few days due to the ice, thus paralysing the mail service and drastically affecting the economic position of my constituency, would the Postmaster General advise us of the steps that have been taken or are going to be taken to put an end to this alarming situation?

Topic:   POSTAL SERVICE
Subtopic:   LOWER ST. LAWRENCE RIVER DELAYS CAUSED BY ICE CONDITIONS
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PC

William McLean Hamilton (Postmaster General)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. W. M. Hamilton (Postmaster General):

Mr. Speaker, the situation arose through unusually strong and continuously prevailing east winds, which are a type of wind outside the control of this house and which caused a very heavy accumulation of ice. Service to certain points on the lower St. Lawrence river has been temporarily delayed since January 26.

Immediately upon receipt of this advice by the Post Office Department the Department of Transport was requested and agreed to dispatch an icebreaker to deal with the situation. The Clarke Steamship Company put on a somewhat larger vessel that it was thought might be able to break through the ice, and the highway mail service which handles the mail once it is taken off the boat was instructed to hold all its vehicles and additional vehicles if necessary in instant readiness to dispatch the mail once it was landed.

Unfortunately the ice conditions continued and the icebreaker was not able to break through, but yesterday we were advised that the motor vessel North Gaspe was able to resume service between Tadoussac and Baie Ste. Catherine. No mails from Baie Ste. Catherine were loaded because the captain was not sure that he could make the return trip to Tadoussac. We explored the possibility of putting in a helicopter service but there were no such aircraft immediately available in that vicinity.

I think, Mr. Speaker, this covers the same information which was given to the hon. member yesterday at five o'clock.

96698-259J

Inquiries of the Ministry BROADCASTING

Topic:   POSTAL SERVICE
Subtopic:   LOWER ST. LAWRENCE RIVER DELAYS CAUSED BY ICE CONDITIONS
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DRUMHELLER, ALBERTA STATEMENT AS TO APPLICATION OF RADIO STATION


On the orders of the day:


PC

George Harris Hees (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, yesterday the hon. member for Bow River inquired of the Minister of National Revenue whether or not an application from the Dinosaur radio station at Drumheller had been received.

The Dinosaur Broadcasting Company, Limited, submitted an application last autumn for authority to establish a new broadcasting station at Drumheller. This application, after appropriate technical examination, was transmitted to the board of governors of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, which after consideration at its meeting in December last recommended to me deferral of consideration of this application in order to allow the applicant time to provide more definite plans regarding the operation of the proposed station. I have accepted this recommendation and the applicant was, some time ago, notified accordingly.

Topic:   DRUMHELLER, ALBERTA STATEMENT AS TO APPLICATION OF RADIO STATION
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CHAPLEAU RIDING

PROVISION OF SERVICE TO EASTERN AREA


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Charles-Noël Barbès

Liberal

Mr. C. N. Barbes (Chapleau):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Minister of National Revenue. In view of the request made in the house on November 19, 1957, for adequate radio services for the eastern part of Chapleau riding, including the two radar stations at Parent and Senne-terre, has the government provided special financial assistance to the C.B.C. for this urgent matter?

Topic:   CHAPLEAU RIDING
Subtopic:   PROVISION OF SERVICE TO EASTERN AREA
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PC

George Clyde Nowlan (Minister of National Revenue)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. G. C. Nowlan (Minister of National Revenue):

Mr. Speaker, the government

has not provided special financial assistance for this urgent matter. As hon. members know, when this government took office the situation was that the moneys provided in the estimates by the preceding government for the C.B.C. would have been entirely expended by the middle of October and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation would have had to close down if no further moneys had been provided. Accordingly we placed in the supplementary estimates an amount equivalent to the amount which had been provided for the preceding six months so the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation could function normally until the end of the fiscal year. Capital expenditures such as those envisaged by this question will have to

Topic:   CHAPLEAU RIDING
Subtopic:   PROVISION OF SERVICE TO EASTERN AREA
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LABOUR CONDITIONS

UNEMPLOYMENT-REQUEST FOR CURRENT STATISTICS


Inquiries of the Ministry be provided through additional grants to be made by parliament at the next session of parliament.


LIB

Charles-Noël Barbès

Liberal

Mr. Barbes:

When can we expect action on such financial assistance in favour of the C.B.C.?

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT-REQUEST FOR CURRENT STATISTICS
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PC

George Clyde Nowlan (Minister of National Revenue)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Nowlan:

When the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation decides that such action is necessary and when parliament approves the recommendation of the corporation.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT-REQUEST FOR CURRENT STATISTICS
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ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY CORNWALL STATEMENT AS TO OPENING OF BUILDING


On the orders of the day:


PC

George Harris Hees (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, yesterday the hon. member for Stormont asked if I could advise the house as to the approximate date of the opening of the seaway building at Cornwall. I have checked with the seaway authority and find that it has not yet been possible to fix an opening date as the building is not yet completed, although occupancy will start in part shortly.

Topic:   ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY CORNWALL STATEMENT AS TO OPENING OF BUILDING
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LIB

Albert Peter Lavigne

Liberal

Mr. A. P. Lavigne (Stormont):

I asked the Minister of Transport a question regarding the opening of the seaway building in Cornwall. I understand that he gave the answer this morning at a time when I was called out of the house, so I wonder if he would be kind enough to repeat his answer.

Topic:   ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY CORNWALL STATEMENT AS TO OPENING OF BUILDING
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PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Order. The hon. member will find his information in Hansard.

Topic:   ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY CORNWALL STATEMENT AS TO OPENING OF BUILDING
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January 31, 1958