July 7, 1967


On the orders of the day:


PC

Albert C. (Bert) Cadieu

Progressive Conservative

Mr. A. C. Cadieu (Meadow Lake):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to address my question to the Minister of Transport. When the transport commission holds its hearings in western Canada, particularly in Saskatchewan, will members of parliament, members of the provincial governments, representatives of the municipalities and others interested in rail line abandonment be notified of the dates and places of the hearings?

Hon- J. W. Pickersgill (Minister of Transport): Mr. Speaker, according to the notice I received, the Board of Transport Commissioners has arranged a conference to be held in Winnipeg on August 8. I suggest that anyone who wishes to participate in or attend this conference should get in touch with the secretary of the board to ascertain its procedures. I am afraid I do not know now what they are, but I am sure the secretary would reply very promptly to any inquiry.

Topic:   TRANSPORTATION
Subtopic:   NOTIFICATION OF HEARINGS ON RAIL LINE ABANDONMENT
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PC

Walter Gilbert Dinsdale

Progressive Conservative

Hon. W. G. Dinsdale (Brandon-Souris):

Mr. Speaker, in respect of the conference to be held on August 8 in Winnipeg, will the results of the special technical surveys being done on certain branch lines be available to interested parties before that meeting?

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Topic:   TRANSPORTATION
Subtopic:   NOTIFICATION OF HEARINGS ON RAIL LINE ABANDONMENT
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LIB

John Whitney Pickersgill (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Pickersgill:

As a result of a notice I received, I assume that what is to be discussed is not the abandonment of any specific line, but rather the general procedures to be followed in dealing with the applications. For that reason I should not think the results of any study would be relevant to the purposes of the conference.

Topic:   TRANSPORTATION
Subtopic:   NOTIFICATION OF HEARINGS ON RAIL LINE ABANDONMENT
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PC

Walter Gilbert Dinsdale

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Dinsdale:

I have a further supplementary question. Will the results of the studies be made available to interested parties as they are completed?

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Subtopic:   NOTIFICATION OF HEARINGS ON RAIL LINE ABANDONMENT
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LIB

John Whitney Pickersgill (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Pickersgill:

I am sure any information in the possession of the board or under my control as Minister of Transport which is relevant to the conference will be made available.

Topic:   TRANSPORTATION
Subtopic:   NOTIFICATION OF HEARINGS ON RAIL LINE ABANDONMENT
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PC

Stanley James Korchinski

Progressive Conservative

Mr. S. J. Korchinski (Mackenzie):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask a question which is related, or could be construed as supplementary. Will the minister put some teeth in the guarantee in respect of certain branch lines, which will assure the replacement of the bridge which was destroyed at Chelan, Saskatchewan, in order to provide service as it was prior to the destruction?

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Subtopic:   NOTIFICATION OF HEARINGS ON RAIL LINE ABANDONMENT
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LIB

John Whitney Pickersgill (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Pickersgill:

I have already taken this matter up with the officials of the Canadian National Railways. As the hon. member suggested, this particular line is a guaranteed line. I assume the Board of Transport Commissioners will have certain jurisdiction in respect of this matter, although it is hazardous for a minister to make statements which probably constitute a legal opinion. In any case I have drawn this matter to the attention of the board.

Topic:   TRANSPORTATION
Subtopic:   NOTIFICATION OF HEARINGS ON RAIL LINE ABANDONMENT
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, having regard to the matter raised by the hon. member for Mackenzie, is the minister aware, as I am sure he is, of the serious situation in which the people along this line find themselves as a result of the fire which destroyed the bridge on May 16?

I need not bring to the minister's attention the fact that this loss of transportation facilities to outside areas has resulted in complete stultification. While the minister does not have the authority to direct, will he bring to the attention of the officials of the Canadian National Railways the imperative necessity of transportation through this area, and the fact that there has been a long delay in this regard?

Inquiries of the Ministry Mr. Pickersgill: I will be happy to bring the words of the right hon. gentleman to the attention of the railway officials, and I am sure they will be much more effective than anything I might say.

Topic:   TRANSPORTATION
Subtopic:   NOTIFICATION OF HEARINGS ON RAIL LINE ABANDONMENT
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PC

Stanley James Korchinski

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Korchinski:

I have a further supplementary question. Can the minister give us some assurance that the transport commission will be duly appointed in such a way that representations can be made to an authority which will have greater power than the present board of transportation commissioners?

Topic:   TRANSPORTATION
Subtopic:   NOTIFICATION OF HEARINGS ON RAIL LINE ABANDONMENT
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LIB

John Whitney Pickersgill (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Pickersgill:

Since parliament decided the Canadian Transport Commission should be established, it is not difficult for me to give an assurance that it will be established. I cannot give a concrete date in respect of this establishment, but I hope it will be early in September.

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Subtopic:   NOTIFICATION OF HEARINGS ON RAIL LINE ABANDONMENT
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LABOUR CONDITIONS


CLARKE CITY, P.Q.-REHIRING OF EMPLOYEES On the orders of the day:


LIB

Gustave Blouin

Liberal

Mr. Gustave Blouin (Saguenay):

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Manpower and Immigration, but in his absence, I shall put it to his parliamentary assistant.

It has to do with a Canadian Press release, under date of July 5, announcing the closing down, at Clarke City, of the Gulf Pulp & Paper pulp mill which had been in operation for 60 years, and the lay-off of its 200 permanent employees. I should like to know from the minister whether arrangements have been or will be made to transfer or place those workers in other industries, preferably in the mining industry of that very region?

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LIB

John Carr Munro (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Manpower and Immigration)

Liberal

Mr. J. C. Munro (Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Manpower and Immigration):

Yes, Mr. Speaker, the facilities of the Canadian manpower centre have been made available to assist in replacing and retraining the displaced workers at this plant.

PROPOSAL THAT PROCEEDINGS BE TELEVISED On the orders of the day:

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NDP

Thomas Clement (Tommy) Douglas

New Democratic Party

Mr. T. C. Douglas (Burnaby-Coquiilam):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask the Acting Prime Minister about the expressed desire on

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Inquiries of the Ministry the part of the C.B.C. to film parts of parliamentary procedure as a special centennial project. In view of the fact that all opposition parties have agreed to this suggestion, and in view of the fact the C.B.C. will need some time to make plans, can the government give us some definite indication that it will be agreeable to this project?

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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. Paul Martin (Acting Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister has already indicated his views in respect of this matter. Whether those views will represent a final decision, I cannot say. I will direct the hon. member's question to the Prime Minister. I can say that this matter is one which the Prime Minister has had under consideration.

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PUBLIC WORKS

PROPOSED MOVE OF DEPARTMENTAL STAFF FROM NORTH BAY


On the orders of the day:


July 7, 1967