July 7, 1967

PC

Michael Starr (Official Opposition House Leader; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Michael Starr (Ontario):

Mr. Speaker, I addressed a question yesterday to the Minister of Public Works regarding employees presently employed by this department at North Bay. The minister said in response that he would make a reply today in greater detail. Is he prepared to do so now?

Topic:   PUBLIC WORKS
Subtopic:   PROPOSED MOVE OF DEPARTMENTAL STAFF FROM NORTH BAY
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LIB

George James McIlraith (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Hon. G. J. Mcllrailh (Minister of Public Works):

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member asked whether a decision had been made to move the Department of Public Works staff from North Bay to Sudbury. The answer to that question is no, there has been no such decision taken. Perhaps I should add, to assuage any doubts that may be in the hon. member's mind or the minds of those involved, that formerly the North Bay office of the Department of Public Works was required to report to the district office in Toronto. We are creating a new district office in Sault Ste. Marie in relation to a certain portion of northern Ontario, and the North Bay office in future, along with the Port Arthur office, will be required to report to that new district office. It may in its working out involve some changes in personnel, but there is no intention to close the North Bay office.

Topic:   PUBLIC WORKS
Subtopic:   PROPOSED MOVE OF DEPARTMENTAL STAFF FROM NORTH BAY
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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

REPORTED DECISION TO REMOVE COMMISSION OFFICE FROM NORTH BAY


On the orders of the day:


PC

Michael Starr (Official Opposition House Leader; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Michael Siarr (Ontario):

Mr. Speaker, I realize that yesterday I asked a question that would normally be ruled out of order, but because this part of the session is about to

conclude Your Honour allowed it. I asked a question in respect of the Unemployment Insurance Commission office at North Bay being closed and removed to Sudbury, affecting some 26 employees. The Minister of Labour was not in the house and no minister indicated that he was acting as minister of labour in respect of this matter. I wondered whether anyone took notice of my question and has an answer today. Is the Minister of National Health and Welfare acting as minister of labour?

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Subtopic:   REPORTED DECISION TO REMOVE COMMISSION OFFICE FROM NORTH BAY
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LIB

Allan Joseph MacEachen (Minister of National Health and Welfare; Minister of Amateur Sport; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Hon. A. J. MacEachen (Minister of National Health and Welfare):

Mr. Speaker, I took note of the question yesterday, but unfortunately I have not received information in a form to give to the hon. member. I will obtain the information and make sure that he receives it at the earliest possible moment.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Subtopic:   REPORTED DECISION TO REMOVE COMMISSION OFFICE FROM NORTH BAY
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AIRPORTS

LATE ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE OF JET AIRCRAFT


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Jean-Pierre Goyer

Liberal

Mr. J. P. Goyer (Dollard):

Mr. Speaker, my question is addressed to the hon. Minister of Transport.

Does he intend to enforce at Dorval airport during the summer, the regulations forbidding take-offs and landings after midnight which disturb the sleep of the inhabitants of that area and in particular those of Ville Saint-Laurent?

Topic:   AIRPORTS
Subtopic:   LATE ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE OF JET AIRCRAFT
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LIB

John Whitney Pickersgill (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Hon. J. W. Pickersgill (Minister of Transport):

Mr. Speaker, it is not only the hon. gentleman's constituents who would like to be allowed to sleep in peace. About once a month I get a telephone call at about three o'clock in the morning from some irate person in the hon. gentleman's constituency asking why jets are allowed to land at Dorval after midnight. I do not like having my sleep disturbed any more than the people there do.

A very serious effort is being made to prevent, to the greatest possible extent, these landings and takings-off after midnight. There have been a large number of landings and takings-off recently because of the inordinately large amount of air traffic. It is difficult not to allow planes to land if they have been delayed, and if they land and we say they cannot take off until morning we would have a great many irate passengers who are not able to continue on to their destinations.

July 7, 1S67

It is a very complicated problem to solve. We are doing everything we can to keep it down to the minimum. However, it does not seem very advisable this year to detain planes as a punishment, because I am afraid those who would be punished would not be the air lines but the passengers, whose reservations would thereby have no validity.

Topic:   AIRPORTS
Subtopic:   LATE ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE OF JET AIRCRAFT
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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, if I might make an observation in regard to the statement made by the Minister of Transport, it is a terrible thing for a minister of this government to be awakened.

Topic:   AIRPORTS
Subtopic:   LATE ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE OF JET AIRCRAFT
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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear.

Topic:   AIRPORTS
Subtopic:   LATE ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE OF JET AIRCRAFT
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AIR TRANSPORT

STEPS TO DEAL WITH RESERVATIONS NOT PICKED UP


On the orders of the day:


LIB

John Whitney Pickersgill (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Hon. J. W. Pickersgill (Minister of Transport):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to reply to a question asked yesterday by the hon. member for Queens (Mr. MacLean) about "no shows" on Air Canada. Up to now they have not thought they could take advantage of my advice as to how to run the air line.

Topic:   AIR TRANSPORT
Subtopic:   STEPS TO DEAL WITH RESERVATIONS NOT PICKED UP
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Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh.

Topic:   AIR TRANSPORT
Subtopic:   STEPS TO DEAL WITH RESERVATIONS NOT PICKED UP
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LIB

John Whitney Pickersgill (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Pickersgill:

My feelings are not unduly hurt on that account. However, Air Canada

have instituted a system of telephoning a few hours before the flight, everyone who has a reservation. In that way they are getting a great many cancellations that apparently people would not make on their own. I understand they are still giving consideration to the other possibility which I suggested, but there are some very serious difficulties in putting it into operation.

Topic:   AIR TRANSPORT
Subtopic:   STEPS TO DEAL WITH RESERVATIONS NOT PICKED UP
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July 7, 1967