Fernand VIAU

VIAU, Fernand

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
St. Boniface (Manitoba)
Birth Date
May 24, 1909
Deceased Date
June 3, 2000
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fernand_Viau
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=40fe3484-0ff1-459e-be16-8caaedc3b0e8&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
military

Parliamentary Career

June 11, 1945 - April 30, 1949
LIB
  St. Boniface (Manitoba)
June 27, 1949 - June 13, 1953
LIB
  St. Boniface (Manitoba)
August 10, 1953 - April 12, 1957
LIB
  St. Boniface (Manitoba)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 2 of 15)


April 29, 1955

Mr. Fernand Viau (St. Boniface):

Mr. Speaker, as the representative of St. Boniface, the city which has been concerned with this matter since 1912, in respect of having two commissioners as members of the Winnipeg and St. Boniface harbour commission, and also following what I was asked by the commissioners last year and again a few months ago to bring to this house-an amendment affecting the quorum of this corporation-I was surprised indeed to read in full the bill submitted by the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre asking for the consolidation of the acts respecting the Winnipeg and St. Boniface harbour commission.

If one would read the words pronounced in this house in 1912 and in 1938-mostly in 1912-when an application was made to this house for the establishment of the Winnipeg and St. Boniface harbour commission, one would find that the trade on the Red river was from two points in the cities of Winnipeg and St. Boniface alone.

Later on, in the amendment which was introduced here in 1938, it was requested that the new municipalities contiguous to both cities of Winnipeg and St. Boniface but lying along the Red river could on application elect a representative to this commission. But if the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre had read carefully the bill asking for the formation of a Winnipeg and St. Boniface harbour commission he would have noticed that the amendment of 1938 would include the municipalities contiguous to the city of Winnipeg or the city of St. Boniface, whose limits were lying along the Red river.

There is a contradiction there between the two sections because, after all, the powers of the commission cover all waters within both cities. That takes in the Assiniboine river, the Seine river and, of course, the Red river which, at the time of the introduction of the bill in 1912, was the main trading route from the United States of America up to lake Winnipeg. The amendment of 1938 refers to all municipalities contiguous to the city of Winnipeg or the city of St. Boniface. They

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Winnipeg and St. Boniface Harbour already have the power to elect a representative on the commission, but in view of the wording of the act it would only mean the municipalities of St. Vital, Fort Garry, East Kildonan and West Kildonan, which are the only municipalities contiguous both to the city of Winnipeg and the city of St. Boniface.

On the other hand, if you take all municipalities lying along the Red river it would include St. James and the town of Tuxedo on the west side and North Kildonan and Springfield on the east side. Their powers would cover that portion of the Red river between the northern and the southern boundaries of each respective municipality to the centre point of the Red river. With the act as it stands I do not see how the municipalities of Tuxedo, St. James and North Kildonan could have the area within the northern and southern boundaries of their municipalities running to the centre line of the Red river become part of the territory under the jurisdiction of the Winnipeg and St. Boniface harbour commission.

As I said, Mr. Speaker, it is not a consolidation of the acts that should have been requested but a full revision of the statutes as they now stand. For that reason I oppose the bill for the time being.

Topic:   WINNIPEG AND ST. BONIFACE HARBOUR COMMISSIONERS CONSOLIDATION OF EXISTING STATUTES
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April 29, 1955

Mr. Viau:

Would the hon. member answer my question? What are the municipalities contiguous to the city of Winnipeg and the city of St. Boniface whose northern and southern boundaries lie along the Red river?

Topic:   WINNIPEG AND ST. BONIFACE HARBOUR COMMISSIONERS CONSOLIDATION OF EXISTING STATUTES
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April 29, 1955

Mr. Viau:

Would the hon. member look at subclause (g) of section 3?

Topic:   WINNIPEG AND ST. BONIFACE HARBOUR COMMISSIONERS CONSOLIDATION OF EXISTING STATUTES
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January 27, 1955

Mr. Viau:

Will Mr. R. J. Emerson remain in the position of district area superintendent in Manitoba?

Topic:   SPEECH FROM THE THRONE
Subtopic:   CONTINUATION OF DEBATE ON ADDRESS IN REPLY
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January 18, 1955

Mr. Fernand Viau (St. Boniface):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask two questions of the Minister of Public Works with respect to the Winnipeg post office. Is he now able to table a copy of the contract signed between

Inquiries of the Ministry the government of Canada and the Foundation Company of Canada with reference to the construction of the Winnipeg post office and setting out the firm price list, and also the names of the subcontractors and the price agreed between the two parties? Second, would he confirm or deny that the Foundation Company of Canada made a further request for a grant beyond the firm price agreed upon in the fall of 1954?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   PUBLIC BUILDINGS
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