John Whitney PICKERSGILL

PICKERSGILL, The Right Hon. John Whitney, P.C., C.C., M.A., LL.D.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Bonavista--Twillingate (Newfoundland and Labrador)
Birth Date
June 23, 1905
Deceased Date
November 14, 1997
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Pickersgill
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=5996b081-97f6-4bde-8dec-52df3dca3f76&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
lecturer, senior public servant, shipowner, writer

Parliamentary Career

August 10, 1953 - April 12, 1957
LIB
  Bonavista--Twillingate (Newfoundland and Labrador)
  • Secretary of State of Canada (June 12, 1953 - June 30, 1954)
  • Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (July 1, 1954 - June 20, 1957)
June 10, 1957 - February 1, 1958
LIB
  Bonavista--Twillingate (Newfoundland and Labrador)
  • Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (July 1, 1954 - June 20, 1957)
March 31, 1958 - April 19, 1962
LIB
  Bonavista--Twillingate (Newfoundland and Labrador)
June 18, 1962 - February 6, 1963
LIB
  Bonavista--Twillingate (Newfoundland and Labrador)
April 8, 1963 - September 8, 1965
LIB
  Bonavista--Twillingate (Newfoundland and Labrador)
  • Secretary of State of Canada (April 22, 1963 - February 2, 1964)
  • Liberal Party House Leader (May 16, 1963 - December 21, 1963)
  • Leader of the Government in the House of Commons (May 16, 1963 - December 21, 1963)
  • Minister of Transport (February 3, 1964 - September 18, 1967)
November 8, 1965 - April 23, 1968
LIB
  Bonavista--Twillingate (Newfoundland and Labrador)
  • Minister of Transport (February 3, 1964 - September 18, 1967)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 5 of 5275)


June 30, 1967

Mr. Pickersgill:

Perhaps the hon. gentleman will permit me to ask him a question before he goes on to another point. Does the exchange we have just heard indicate that he and the hon. member for Perth are now joining in the leadership race?

Topic:   SITTING SUSPENDED
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June 30, 1967

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

Mr. Speaker, the details in respect of the passage of the Britannia through the seaway are not at my fingertips, but I will make inquiries and let the hon. gentleman know.

Topic:   SHIPPING
Subtopic:   ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY-SPECIAL MEASURES RESPECTING PASSAGE OF ROYAL YACHT
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June 30, 1967

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

I regret I was not able to make inquiries in my office this morning, because I was detained at a meeting. However, I had asked the board to let me know as soon as anything definite was decided. I had heard nothing up

Supply-Trade and Commerce to last night. I know it is an urgent matter, but it is under active consideration and action may have been taken by now.

The house in committee of supply, Mr. Batten in the chair.

Topic:   AIR TRANSPORT
Subtopic:   PROPOSED ADDITIONAL SERVICE, OTTAWA-WESTERN CANADA
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June 29, 1967

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

Mr. Speaker, the hon. gentleman made two points. One was that it had been the intention at one time to have an inquiry before any change was made. Two circumstances altered the view of the government, and my view as minister, about that. No representations were ever made to the government in any earlier period about there being any hardship through increasing the rates on ordinary motorcars for casual and occasional crossings. Considering the price of everything these days I do not think that a nine mile trip on a boat at $2 is very excessive. In fact I do not think the Prince Edward Islanders would like it to be represented that even they could not afford that for casual and occasional trips.

What we were concerned about, and properly concerned about, was the question of people who used these ferries commercially. We came to the conclusion that we had found a method that ought to be tried out before there would be much sense in having an inquiry into it, and that method, of course, involves no increase for anyone who makes ten trips in a two month period.

I also indicated in my statement the other day, and I do not think it is necessary to repeat it at this time and put it on the record again, that if there were cases of hardship, for instance of farmers delivering their own products where they would not be covered by this ten ticket arrangement, we would take a very sympathetic look at them; and we intend to do that. So far as the increase on casual, occasional crossings of an extra $1 on the round trip is concerned, I think it is still the cheapest trip on a boat anywhere in the world today, certainly anywhere in the western world.

A week has gone by and the hon. gentleman, as a good and assiduous representative of his riding, has done his best to keep this question alive. But the fact is that up to the last time I checked I had not received one word of protest from anyone in Prince Edward Island to suggest that my assessment of the situation, which is naturally the assessment of the government also, is far out. I think the hon. gentleman should be given full marks for trying.

Perhaps the hon. gentleman should devote himself to larger questions, and I would remind him that in the supplementary estimates

brought down yesterday there is another $21 million to be used to build all-weather roads in Prince Edward Island. I think that any little inconvenience from this ferry rate increase will be far more than offset by that good news of yesterday, added to the additional service that is to be provided for the summer months of this year.

Topic:   TRANSPORT-INCREASE IN FERRY RATES, NEW BRUNSWICK-PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
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June 29, 1967

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

Mr. Speaker, in the absence of the Minister of Fisheries it falls upon me to reply to the hon. gentleman, in my exalted capacity as acting minister. I am afraid I cannot go into any of the larger questions the hon. gentleman appended to his original question, because I am not sufficiently well informed to do so.

I am informed by the Department of Fisheries that the Ocean Traveller is under charter to the Fisheries Research Board. It is to do research on shrimp. This operation is in no way connected with the issues of the present strike. Tenders were called before the

June 29, 1967 COMMONS

vessel was strikebound and the Ocean Traveller submitted the lowest bid and was accepted. There is no question of catching or selling fish; it is purely a research operation.

Topic:   FISHERIES-"OCEAN TRAVELLER"-CHARTERING OF VESSEL BY RESEARCH BOARD
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