Douglas Mason FISHER

FISHER, Douglas Mason, B.A., B.L.S., D.Lit.

Personal Data

Party
New Democratic Party
Constituency
Port Arthur (Ontario)
Birth Date
September 19, 1919
Deceased Date
September 18, 2009
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doug_Fisher_(politician)
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=6e0e7dad-52e6-426d-b6d7-f3a4924ce2de&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
columnist, journalist, librarian, teacher

Parliamentary Career

June 10, 1957 - February 1, 1958
CCF
  Port Arthur (Ontario)
March 31, 1958 - April 19, 1962
CCF
  Port Arthur (Ontario)
August 3, 1961 - April 19, 1962
NDP
  Port Arthur (Ontario)
June 18, 1962 - February 6, 1963
NDP
  Port Arthur (Ontario)
April 8, 1963 - September 8, 1965
NDP
  Port Arthur (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 852 of 852)


October 23, 1957

1. What was the final cost of the playing field and stands constructed at the Royal Military College, Kingston, near the causeway?

2. Is this field used to any extent?

3. If this field is not used what are the reasons for it?

Answer by: Hon. G. R. Pearkes (Minister of Naiional Defence):

1. $24,700.

2. Yes. This field is used by the R.M.C. cadets for football games and track training practices.

3. Not applicable.

Topic:   ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   PLAYING FIELD, R.M.C., KINGSTON
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October 17, 1957

Mr. Fisher:

Mr. Chairman, after the great constitutional issues that have been raised here the subject I am going to bring up will no doubt appear to some to be very trivial and insignificant, but there are several minor points in connection with the estimates as they affect the constituency of Port Arthur which I would like to refer to the ministers who answer for these departments.

Before I begin discussing that subject in specific terms I would like to mention that Port Arthur and Fort William form an economic and social unit. For the last 22 years they have been represented by a pair of gentlemen from the same political party and now that twain has been sundered. I might mention that colloquially around the lakehead the gentlemen who formed this twain were known as the gold dust twins. Now the one who has gone, of course, like the ship named after him is in very icy, far-off waters.

I would like to assure the hon. member for Fort William that when I ask questions that may affect the constituency of Fort William I am not doing so in an attempt to engage in controversial strife. Rather it is simply because our two constituencies are an economic unit.

In connection with the sum of $250,000 for the Fort William harbour works in the original estimates and a further $300,000 in supplementary estimates No. 2 for harbour improvements in Fort William, the Minister of Public Works has informed me that there has been an extension of the contract for the dredging in the west port turning base. I would like to know how much of the estimate has now been spent for this particular project in the Fort William harbour. I would like him to go further and tell me how much of the estimate of $500,000 for improvements at the Port Arthur harbour has been spent, and whether there is any money left for work to be carried on this winter.

Several years ago I believe an experiment was tried at the lakehead by a contractor by the name of Hacquoil, doing winter work over the ice in developing breakwaters and groynes. Because of the developing unemployment situation at the lakehead, an emergency program could be carried on in either or both harbours which would employ quite a number of men. If any funds are left it would be a wonderful boon to our particular community this winter.

I should like to ask the minister who answers for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation what research has been done in connection with the television satellite program. The Fowler commission recommends that areas with a population of 5,000 or more should be serviced by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation with some type of television satellite station. In both spoken and written answers from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation they advise me that they are in touch with events but that they have absolutely no money to go any farther or even to set up an experimental station. I just wonder whether any of the funds that are to be voted in the estimates for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation are for this purpose. I might say it is a live issue in all the hinterland along the north shore of lake Superior.

Topic:   INTERIM SUPPLY
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October 17, 1957

Mr. D. M. Fisher (Pori Arthur):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to address this question to the Minister of Trade and Commerce. Is there any provision in the contract to be let for the pipe line east of the lakehead under the aegis of the Northern Ontario Pipe Line Crown Corporation for the clearing and rock work to be started during the late fall and winter season as a means of easing the growing unemployment problem in this area?

Topic:   PIPE LINES
Subtopic:   NORTHERN ONTARIO PIPE LINE CROWN CORPORATION
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October 17, 1957

Mr. D. M. Fisher (Port Arthur):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Secretary of State. Can she inform the house whether any amendments to the Civil

Service Act are under consideration for this session? If so, would she define them as major or minor changes?

Topic:   CIVIL SERVICE ACT
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO AMENDMENTS THIS SESSION
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October 16, 1957

Mr. D. M. Fisher (Port Arthur):

I should like to address this question to the Minister of Transport. What plans has the minister

for assuaging the feelings of the Port Arthur city council regarding the minister's initial decision to send only minor departmental officials to confer with the council about deep sea shipping facilities at the lakehead?

Topic:   DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING DEEP SEA FACILITIES AT LAKEHEAD
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