May 20, 1943

MAN-POWER REGISTRATION OF EMPLOYEES IN SPECIFIED OCCUPATIONS


On the orders of the day:


PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. G. DIEFENBAKER (Lake Centre):

Is the Minister of Labour now in a position to give a report in reference to the result of the order made on May 4, whereby men in certain specified occupations were required to register with the selective service authorities by May 17, with a view to transfer to certain preferred industries?

Topic:   MAN-POWER REGISTRATION OF EMPLOYEES IN SPECIFIED OCCUPATIONS
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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. HUMPHREY MITCHELL (Minister of Labour):

Mr. Speaker, compulsory labour transfer order No. 1 was up to and including May 19-not May 17. I believe I was in error when I said it was May 17. May 19 was only yesterday, and I think the hon. member will agree with me it would hardly be possible at this early date to make the kind of statement I know the hon. member wishes to have. But he can rest assured that as soon as I get it I shall be glad to give it to the house.

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PENSIONS

WIDOWS OF VETERANS OF FIRST GREAT WAR-PAYMENTS MADE RETROACTIVE


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Stanley Howard Knowles

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. S. H. KNOWLES (Winnipeg North Centre):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Pensions and National Health supplementary to the inquiry I made two days ago. I ask this question because I take it from his remarks of Tuesday that some study has been given to matters relating to the paying of special allowances to certain widows of veterans of the last war. Has the government decided to make these payments retroactive to April 1 of this year, after item 205 of the estimates has been sanctioned by the house.

Hon. IAN A. MACKENZIE (Minister of Pensions and National Health): No decision has yet been arrived at as to what date these payments will be payable from.

Topic:   PENSIONS
Subtopic:   WIDOWS OF VETERANS OF FIRST GREAT WAR-PAYMENTS MADE RETROACTIVE
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LABOUR CONDITIONS

WALLACEBURG AUTOMOBILE WORKERS


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. HUMPHREY MITCHELL (Minister of Labour):

Mr. Speaker in reply to a question raised by the hon. member for Cape Breton South (Mr. Gillis) which appeared on page 2756 of Hansard I wish to make the following statement:

Specifically the questions raised refer to a statement that-

. . . more than a score of Wallaceburg workers have been drawing unemployment insurance for eight weeks while local industries are obtaining outside workers from selective service.

In respect of this phase of the question there are ten men in the Wallaceburg district who are being paid unemployment insurance benefits. These men will be placed in employment just as quickly as can be arranged. Selective service is not bringing men into Wallaceburg. There has been one outsider placed since March 1, 1943.

The telegram referred to in the question states, " One local industry has asked for two hundred housewives to work in plant." It is a fact that the Wallaceburg employment office has an order for 200 women for an industry in that community, but the office has not been able to fill the order.

The general situation in Wallaceburg is that there are very few men out of work and those that are unemployed are being placed quite rapidly.

Supply-Agriculture

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   WALLACEBURG AUTOMOBILE WORKERS
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COLLINS AND AIKMAN PLANT AT FAKNHAM, QUE.


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. HUMPHREY MITCHELL (Minister of Labour):

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UNITED STATES NATIONALS

REFERENCE TO PRIVY COUNCIL OF QUESTION OF CANADIAN JURISDICTION


On the orders of the day:


NAT

Thomas Langton Church

National Government

Mr. T. L. CHURCH (Broadview):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask a question of the. Minister of Justice with reference to a document he tabled yesterday respecting jurisdiction over United States nationals in Canada. The document tabled by the minister had connection with a reference to the Supreme Court of Canada, under the Supreme Court Act. In the event of a decision being given, the factum stating that1 the provinces are summoned to appear, will there be an appeal to the privy council overseas from the judgment of the supreme court?

Hon. L. S. ST. LAURENT (Minister of Justice): I would not even attempt to answer that question, so far as the possibility of an appeal from the decision of the supreme court is concerned. I trust the decision of the supreme court will, through the terms in which it is rendered, impress us with the fact that it is well founded, and that there will be no necessity of taking the matter farther.

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

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Administration service.

1. Departmental administration, $130,406.

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Subtopic:   REFERENCE TO PRIVY COUNCIL OF QUESTION OF CANADIAN JURISDICTION
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PC

Mark Cecil Senn

Progressive Conservative

Mr. SENN:

I understand a parliamentary secretary is to be appointed to the Minister of Agriculture. I should like to know if the government have fully considered this matter, if they have reached a decision and, if so, who is to be the assistant.

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Subtopic:   REFERENCE TO PRIVY COUNCIL OF QUESTION OF CANADIAN JURISDICTION
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May 20, 1943