March 9, 1936 (18th Parliament, 1st Session)

LIB

Lucien Dubois

Liberal

Mr. LUCIEN DUBOIS (Nicolet-Yamaska) (Translation) moved:

Whereas the city of Three Rivers is the most important centre on the St. Lawrence river, between Quebec and Montreal;
And whereas (a) the said city being an industrial centre largely inhabited by the labouring class is the natural outlet for agricultural products of the region; (b) the farmers of the south shore are interested in that important city being easily accessible to them, both for the selling of their products and the making of purchases; (c) the ferry boat service is not always regular, chiefly in winter season and sometimes in summer months by reason of the very large number of passengers; (d) practical means of communication at all hours of the day would benefit the working-class population of Three Rivers and the farmers of the south shore; (e) from a tourist standpoint the regional highway of St. Angele de Laval via Sherbrooke is the shortest route between Three Rivers and the United States; (f) the construction of a bridge

Three Rivers-St. Angele Bridge
between Three Rivers and St. Angele de Laval would greatly facilitate communications between La Tuque, Grand'Mere, Shawinigan, Cape de la Madeleine, Louiseville, etc., and important centres on the south shore, such as the cities of Nicolet, Vietoriaville, Sherbrooke, St. Hyacinthe, etc.; (g) the construction of a bridge would encourage the development of a large number of counties as it would improve transportation facilities and the amount of labour made available in the region; (h) S't. Angele de Laval is one of the terminals of the Canadian National Railways on the south shore between Montreal and Quebec;
Therefore be it resolved, that, in the opinion of this house, it is expedient that the government should consider the advisability of appointing experts to look into this matter in all its aspects and report as speedily as possible.
Mr. Speaker, more than ever, the time has come for action. I therefore do not wish to speak at length, and quote all sorts of figures, and then prevent the house from passing as soon as possible the resolution which I have the honour to submit for consideration.
The resolution speaks for itself and its conclusion, which is as follows, is in no way embarrassing to the government:
That, in the opinion of this house, it is expedient that the government should consider the advisability of appointing experts to look into this matter in all its aspects and report as speedily as possible.
I trust that the government will view my request with due consideration. I believe it to be a reasonable one and I have nothing further to add for the present.

Topic:   PROPOSED INQUIRY INTO NEED FOR TECHNICAL
Subtopic:   TRAINING OF YOUTH, AND CREATION OF A NATIONAL YOUTH REESTABLISHMENT COMMISSION
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