April 25, 1974 (29th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Thomas Speakman Barnett

New Democratic Party

Mr. Barnett:

Mr. Chairman, another question occurs to me. According to the minister, Statistics Canada defines
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an urban area as an incorporated city, town or village with a population of 1,000 or more or an unincorporated place with a population of 1,000 or better. He did not mention any district municipality.
I am sure the minister knows that in the province from which he and I come there are municipalities which are really urban areas, with populations well over 1,000. One such area in my constituency springs to mind immediately, because there is no railway in it, the district municipality of Campbell River, which I suggest has a population of at least 10,000. At one time it was a village; later it was defined by the province as a district municipality. If I heard the minister correctly, the district municipality of Campbell River is to be excluded from the provisions of the bill, even though it may more readily be considered an urban area than, say, the village of Tahsis, on the west coast of my constituency. I mention the village because it is unlikely that a railway will run through it in the near future.
Can the minister comment on what I have said about the definition of an urban area?

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