June 9, 1943

IND

Joseph Sasseville Roy

Independent

Mr. J. SASSEVILLE ROY (Gaspe):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask the Minister of Labour whether he has received a letter sent to him from Montreal on June 3 by La Cor-portation des Agronomes of the province of Quebec, and signed by Rene Monette, general secretary. This letter deals with the problem of shortage of man-power on farms and suggests suspension of recruiting of these men for the army. Has the minister received the letter and given any consideration to that demand, and if so, what action has been taken?

Topic:   MAN-POWER FARM LABOUR-REPRESENTATIONS OF LA CORPORATION DES AGRONOMES OF THE PROVINCE OF QUEBEC
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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. HUMPHREY MITCHELL (Minister of Labour) :

In reply to my hon. friend I

may say that when the man-power debate comes up I can give an answer to the letter to which he refers.

Topic:   MAN-POWER FARM LABOUR-REPRESENTATIONS OF LA CORPORATION DES AGRONOMES OF THE PROVINCE OF QUEBEC
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PRIORITY RATINGS FOR INDUSTRIES


On the orders of the day:


PC

Joseph Henry Harris

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. H. HARRIS (Danforth):

I wish to direct a question to the Minister of Labour: perhaps he will accept this as notice and answer it to-morrow. It came to my attention just before coming to the house to-day that industries in different parts of Canada are coming to the national selective board in Ottawa and getting a special confidential priority rating on labour, not only that available in industrial centres, but some labour which is at present employed by other industries which have no such confidential priority rating and whose employees are under the jurisdiction of the local selective service boards. Will the minister make a statement to the house as to the origin of the confidential selective ratings, and also as to how industries

Fuel

that are doing what they deem to be war work may get on these preferential lists in order that they may obtain some labour.

Topic:   PRIORITY RATINGS FOR INDUSTRIES
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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. MITCHELL:

I shall be glad to give an answer to my hon. friend at the next sitting of the house.

Topic:   PRIORITY RATINGS FOR INDUSTRIES
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TRANSFERS FROM ONE INDUSTRY TO ANOTHER


On the orders of the day:


NAT

Percy Chapman Black

National Government

Mr. P. C. BLACK (Cumberland):

I should like to ask the Minister of Labour if it is the practice or policy of his department to confer with the heads of labour organizations and with the heads of industry where, under national selective service, men are being transferred from one industry to another industry. In the province of Nova Scotia there is some discontent because of this transfer, and I should be glad if the minister would care to give us some information on the matter.

Topic:   TRANSFERS FROM ONE INDUSTRY TO ANOTHER
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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. MITCHELL:

In the first place, the general policy is to consult with the national selective service board. I think my hon. friend will agree with me that when it comes to a question of administration, that must be the responsibility of the government agency. I think he will agree that where transferences are involved we should take the responsibilitjq of course after consulting with the national selective service advisory committee before the high policy is put into operation.

Topic:   TRANSFERS FROM ONE INDUSTRY TO ANOTHER
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PRESS REPORT AS TO PRODUCTION OF BUSH-WOOD- COAL SUPPLIES


On the orders of the day:


NAT

Gordon Knapman Fraser

National Government

Mr. G. K. FRASER (Peterborough West):

I wish to ask a question of the Minister of Munitions and Supply. In a press report of June 7, Mr. J. W. Cornett, mayor of Vancouver, is reported as having said that-

... he believed the dominion government will announce within a few days that it will go into mass production of bush-wood to augment insufficient coal supplies. The mayor also expressed belief the government will assume responsibility for coal supplies.

If there is any truth in this report, will the minister tell the house what the government plans are?

Topic:   PRESS REPORT AS TO PRODUCTION OF BUSH-WOOD- COAL SUPPLIES
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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

Hon. C. D. HOWE (Minister of Munitions and Supply):

I made a statement on the coal and wood fuel situation in the course of an all-day debate on that subject. The situation has not changed. The federal government is doing everything it can do to provide in every community sufficient coal and to assist every community in obtaining sufficient fuel. Coal

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we recognize as a federal problem. Fuel wood is a local problem in which the federal government is assisting to the utmost. We have certain operations for cutting quantities of fuel wood which can be moved into deficiency areas, but I think that that should not relieve any community of putting forth its own best exertions to meet its own fuel wood requirements.

Topic:   PRESS REPORT AS TO PRODUCTION OF BUSH-WOOD- COAL SUPPLIES
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REFERENCE TO ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF REMARKS OF MR. POULIOT ON JUNE 2


Mr. JEAN-FRANCOIS POULIOT (Temis-couata): As a member of this honourable house and as a French-speaking Canadian, I understand that at times translations of our debates and discussions are made in haste, but with regard to what was said on the occasion of the king's birthday the translation should have been polished ad unguem. Speaking on behalf of the young men of my constituency who are in the army, and being the last speaker on the subject, and speaking in French, on behalf of my fellow citizens whose maternal language is French, my last words on June 2 were as follow: . . . j'offre nos respectueux hommages a sa digne epouse. It was translated: I present our humble respects to Her Majesty the Queen. This is not at all what I said. It was "I pay our respectful homage to his worthy consort." As a member I feel very humble -I say that at times-but speaking as I did on behalf of the young men of the army and of the French-speaking citizens of Canada I was not feeling humble at all. But I was very respectful, and this is the shade of difference which should not be overlooked. I hope that in the future, as the translators do not come any more under you, sir, the Secretary of State will notify them accordingly.


SAUSAGES AND HAMBURGER-RATION REGULATIONS


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance)

Liberal

Mr. D. C. ABBOTT (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance):

I should like to reply to the question which was put on Tuesday by the hon. member for Rosetown-Biggar (Mr. Coldwell) respecting the rationing of sausages and hamburger. I am informed by the wartime prices and trade

Naval Service

board that they have issued no official statement either over the radio or through the press to the effect that a decision with respect to the rationing of these commodities will be deferred for at least a month.

Topic:   SAUSAGES AND HAMBURGER-RATION REGULATIONS
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Thomas Miller Bell

Mr. GOLD WELL:

That was given over the radio.

Topic:   SAUSAGES AND HAMBURGER-RATION REGULATIONS
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June 9, 1943