May 12, 1953 (21st Parliament, 7th Session)

PC

Gordon Francis Higgins

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Higgins:

I want to talk with the minister in a way that he will understand. I want to talk about Gander and the question of the value of Gander to Canada. Gander is an airport in that part of the world we know as the new world. Dorval at Montreal is getting practically double the money that Gander is getting. I believe that, in so far as Canada is concerned, Gander has much more value from a tourist point of view and from an immigration point of view. The minister has been there, and he has been talking to our premier. He has agreed that things are going to be done, but truthfully I am not too happy about what is going to be done there, at least from what I have heard.
I should like the minister to take into consideration the fact that Gander is the biggest airport, and it is on the crossroads of this continent. Whatever money Canada spends on Gander will be money well spent. The minister does not have to spend very much money, but he does have to provide the proper accommodation and proper advertising. We all recall what the Queen of The Netherlands had to put up with on one occasion. We do have very meagre accommodation for tourists.
I saw the newspaper report of what the minister was going to do, but I do hope he will
[Mr. Chevrier.)
provide-one minister said "what is a million?"-proper accommodation at Gander. Canada could spend a million dollars there with profit. I do not think Canada could do a better job for its tourist policy or its immigration policy.

Topic:   ANNOUNCEMENT OF APPOINTMENT OF THE CHIEF JUSTICE OF CANADA, THE SPEAKER OF THE SENATE, THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS AND THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
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