August 12, 1944


Mention in Dispatches-Ratings-Con. Rodgerson, Morrill Henry, A/Petty Officer, R.C.N.R., A-4854, Shag Harbour, N.S., June 8, 1944. Scott, Bruce Simon, Leading Seaman, R.C.N.V.R., V-2435, Saint John, N.B., June 8, 1944. Shute, Thomas, A/Petty Officer Telegraphist, R.C.N.V.R., V-17066, London, Ontario, June 8, 1944. Snow, Henry, Able Seaman, R.C.N.R., A-2212, Regina, Sask., June 8, 1944. Stephenson, Carmen Ernest, (Posthumous), A/Leading Seaman, R.C.N.V.R., V-5646, Montreal, P.Q., June 8, 1944. Straehan, Douglas Robert, Chief Petty Officer, R.C.N.R., A-4161, Toronto, Ontario, June 8, 1944. Sweet, Walter Valentine, Stoker Petty Officer, V-10003, Regina, Sask., June 8, 1944. Taylor, Reginald, A/Leading Seaman, R.C.N.-V.R., V-16072, Fort William, Ont., June 8, 1944. Williams, John Elliott, Chief Engine Room Artificer, R.CN.V.R., V-22689 (now A/Warrant Engineer), Toronto, Ont., July 18, 1944.


LABOUR CONDITIONS


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. MITCHELL:

Mr. Speaker-

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OP MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY
Subtopic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   MONTREAL TRAMWAYS STRIKE-PROPERTIES PLACED AT DISPOSAL OF CONTROLLERS- OPERATIONS TO RESUME MONDAY
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NAT

Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GORDON GRAYDON (Leader of the Opposition):

May I ask the Minister of

Labour a question? He was about to speak and perhaps he anticipates it. I read in the papers to-day that the minister would at nine o'clock this morning give a statement with respect to the Montreal tramways dispute. I was going to ask him whether he had made such a statement, and, if so, whether he would repeat it to the House of Commons, because we are very much interested in it.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OP MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY
Subtopic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   MONTREAL TRAMWAYS STRIKE-PROPERTIES PLACED AT DISPOSAL OF CONTROLLERS- OPERATIONS TO RESUME MONDAY
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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. HUMPHREY MITCHELL (Minister of Labour):

First of all, Mr. Speaker, I should say this. I thought it was my duty to tell the house first of the policy being adopted by the government to bring the strike to a conclusion, but in order to cooperate wifh the press-some of the newspapers go to press at ten and some at eleven-so that the people of Montreal might be fully informed, I gave them an advance notice of my statement, not to be released until 11.15. Unfortunately one of the agencies did not flay the game and gave the story out, notwithstanding the clear understanding .1 gave the press men when I met them.

I now table copy of an order in council passed by the cabinet yesterday appointing controllers who have been given the responsibility of seeing that street railway traffic is resumed in Montreal on Monday next, August 14.

The order in council directs the company to place its extensive properties at the disposal of the controllers and also requires the employees of the company to return to work on Monday morning.

The controllers named are E. L. Cousins, wartime administrator of Canadian Atlantic ports. Halifax; and J. E. St. Laurent, member of the National Harbours board, Ottawa.

The order in council, passed under authority of the War Measures Act, makes-it an offence for any person to refuse to resume work or to recommend to any person that work be not resumed, and also makes it an offence should the company refuse to place its properties at the disposal of the controllers. The employees are required to return to work under the terms and conditions prevailing at the time the strike occurred.

The disputing parties are now directed to recommence negotiations for a settlement with the controllers to remain in charge of operations of the Montreal Tramways system pending an agreement between the company and employees. If at the expiration of sixty days the controllers report to the Minister of Labour that there is no prospect of settlement, the matter will further be reviewed by the government.

I need scarcely say that the government has taken this action in the public interest. A continuation of the strike might well result in grave injury in two ways; further great inconvenience to the population of the district . of Montreal in not having local transportation facilities, and, war production, already seriously threatened, increasingly impaired if the strike continued.

The interests of employees and employer involved in the strike are decidedly secondary to the public welfare and convenience. The issue is not of sufficient importance to warrant a strike in war-time.

I want to make this point clear: the action of the government is not to be understood as lending support to the proposition that it intends to compel any worker to relinquish freedom of choice as to the union which he wishes to join, nor should the action be construed as any departure whatever from the principles laid down in the wartime labour regulations, which provide that employees and employer have freedom of contractual collective bargaining.

The public of Montreal are to be congratulated on the calm way in which they have accepted the inconvenience due to the strike and for readily accommodating themselves to the situation resulting therefrom.

I would like to add this precis of a telegram received from the city of Montreal and the

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provincial government, Mr. Speaker: Under date of August 11, the Montreal Tramways company sent a lengthy telegram to my colleague the Minister of Justice. The company quoted in full a reply received from Fernand Dufresne, director of police services for the city of Montreal, indicating inability to comply with a request of the company for police protection sufficient to enable the company to resume operation of street cars and buses. Mr. Dufresne estimated that 1,200 police officers would be required and stated that he did not have the men available. He did offer such protection as could be afforded by any of the 800 officers regularly on his force, who could be spared for special assignment. In the same telegram from the company there is quoted in full a message received from Hon. Leon Casgrain, attorney-general of the province of Quebec. Mr. Casgrain stated that the dominion, under wartime labour regulations, had assumed jurisdiction over disputes of the type in question; and consequently the company must look to the dominion for police protection. However, he advised that the provincial police would carry out any duties falling to them as provided under section 51 of the defence of Canada regulations.

The request of the company to the dominion was that the civic and provincial authorities having declined to afford protection for passengers, operators and property, the federal government should afford the necessary protection.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OP MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY
Subtopic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   MONTREAL TRAMWAYS STRIKE-PROPERTIES PLACED AT DISPOSAL OF CONTROLLERS- OPERATIONS TO RESUME MONDAY
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INQUIRY AS TO ARRANGEMENTS TO TRANSFER HELP TO WESTERN CANADA


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Joseph William Burton

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

Mr. J. W. BURTON (Humboldt):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Labour. I must apologize for not sending him ffotice, but owing to the urgency of the matter I hope he will overlook my oversight. Have arrangements been completed with the railway companies for the transportation of harvest help to western Canada? If not, how soon can we expect to have the arrangements completed? How many are expected to go west to help with the harvest?

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OP MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO ARRANGEMENTS TO TRANSFER HELP TO WESTERN CANADA
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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. HUMPHREY MITCHELL (Minister of Labour):

I do not see any difficulty in connection with the arrangements with the railway companies. It is purely administrative. Last year we were able to get 5,000, but conditions were of such a nature that when it reached the point that 3,200 had gone, the western provinces asked us to send no more. I anticipate that we shall get as

many this year as we got last year. I am speaking of civilians, not the men in the armed forces.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OP MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO ARRANGEMENTS TO TRANSFER HELP TO WESTERN CANADA
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CCF

Joseph William Burton

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

Mr. BURTON:

I have been talking to some people who have been ready to go west and who have told me that the railway companies prevented them from taking advantage of the arrangements.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OP MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO ARRANGEMENTS TO TRANSFER HELP TO WESTERN CANADA
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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. MITCHELL:

I think ths answer to that is that harvesting is over in Ontario before Manitoba, and it is over in Manitoba under normal conditions earlier than in Saskatchewan and Alberta. We have to move these men across the country, and it may be for that reason that facilities are not arranged at the present time.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OP MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO ARRANGEMENTS TO TRANSFER HELP TO WESTERN CANADA
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QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk)


OLD AGE PENSIONS

CCF

Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

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

Mr. KNOWLES:

.

1. Have any provincial governments entered into agreements with the federal government respecting the raising from $365 to $425 the total annual income allowed to an old age pensioner? If so, which provinces and from what effective date in each case?

2. Has the practice of filing liens or registration notices against the property of old age and blind pensioners been discontinued by Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Ontario, or Manitoba, since the time of the last dominion examination of the provincial pensions accounts, referred to by Mr. Abbott on page 1742 of Hansard for March 23, 1944?

3. In any of the above-noted provinces where this practice has been discontinued, have liens or registration notices previously filed been withdrawn?

4. Has the federal government received from any of the provincial governments, since May 1, 1944, representations calling for an increase in the amount of the old age and blind pension? If so, from what provinces, and what amounts have been proposed?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   OLD AGE PENSIONS
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LIB

Mr. ILSLEY: (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

1. Yes. Supplementary agreements effective April 1, 1944, have been completed with all provinces except Prince Edward1 Island and British Columbia. Prince Edward Island and British Columbia have submitted agreements which have not yet been completed.

2. The Department of Finance has not had any definite statement of policy from Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Ontario or Manitoba regarding the filing of liens or registration notices against property owned by old age pensioners. The department's examiners have made an examination in Ontario since March 23, 1944. Cases examined had been dealt with

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by the pension authority prior to that date. Examinations have not been made in Prince Edward Island, Quebec or Manitoba since March 3, 1944.

3. The Department of Finance has not been informed by the authorities in Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Ontario or Manitoba that liens or registration have been withdrawn.

4. No.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   OLD AGE PENSIONS
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EXPERIMENTAL FARMS-NON-PERMANENT PERSONNEL

LIB

James Ewen Matthews

Liberal

Mr. MATTHEWS:

How many non-permanent men, with a record of continuous service of three years or over, are employed in each of the experimental farms and illustration stations of Canada.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   EXPERIMENTAL FARMS-NON-PERMANENT PERSONNEL
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LIB

Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Mines and Resources)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

Experimental station, Mor-den, Manitoba, 10; experimental farm, Brandon, Manitoba, including experimental substation at Melita, 15; soil survey work, Manitoba, 2.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   EXPERIMENTAL FARMS-NON-PERMANENT PERSONNEL
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August 12, 1944