October 18, 1945

PC

Karl Kenneth Homuth

Progressive Conservative

Mr. HOMUTH:

A different thing entirely.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   STRIKE AT FORD MOTOR PLANT, WINDSOR
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PC

Arthur Leroy Smith

Progressive Conservative

Mr. SMITH (Calgary West):

May I ask a question of the minister? I am anxious to say to him how deeply I appreciate his efforts to settle this matter. I do not want any doubt about that, and I am not trying to be smart. Does he think that when parties separate on this principle of union security it can ever be a matter of conciliation? In other words, is it not something in connection with which some government, provincial or other, whoever has the authority, must by law lay down a policy? One side says, "We will not look at union

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security"; the unions say, "We will not work without union security." I ask that question as simply as I can because I know the minister is very able in these matters. Does he not think it may have gone beyond conciliation and may perhaps require some government action?

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   STRIKE AT FORD MOTOR PLANT, WINDSOR
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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. MITCHELL:

I would say this. You cannot legislate on the basis of threats. I am not speaking to my hon. friend when I say that. I know he appreciates that.

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Subtopic:   STRIKE AT FORD MOTOR PLANT, WINDSOR
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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. MITCHELL:

I say you cannot legislate on the basis of threats by any group in the community.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   STRIKE AT FORD MOTOR PLANT, WINDSOR
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CCF

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

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

Mr. KNOWLES:

Threats both ways.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   STRIKE AT FORD MOTOR PLANT, WINDSOR
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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. MITCHELL:

I know what makes the clock tick. My hon. friend should read a primer on British institutions. May I say to the hon. member for Calgary West that industrial relations are the product of slow growth and I emphasized that the last time I spoke in the House of Commons. Some people will live to regret the speeches they made a week ago last Monday. I pointed out then that agreements were based on character. I am convinced of this, that if the approach were on that basis-and I believe we had this thing out of the fire yesterday-everyone will recognize that sooner or later these people have to sleep together, as we say in the trade union movement. I believe that if that had been the approach, and I say that from my experience in negotiations of this kind, these people would be at work in the next few days. We know of the factors on both sides of the river, and it is far better that they should meet together and come to an agreement mutually satisfactory, which would be lasting on both sides of the picture. I am convinced of that and I think that will be the outcome.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   STRIKE AT FORD MOTOR PLANT, WINDSOR
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IND

Jean-François Pouliot

Independent Liberal

Mr. POULIOT:

My good1 friend the Minister of Labour did well in his attempts to settle the Windsor strike, and spoke highly of Mr. Justice O'Connor, who has been made conciliator. The minister asked an hon. member in the C.C.F. group if that hon. member could suggest anyone who could help the minister in the matter. I have a suggestion to offer now, and it is that he should seek the assistance of the committee of this house on industrial relations. I believe the minister would find there quite as good assistance as he would receive from anyone in his department. My suggestion to the minister is that the committee be called as soon as possible, so that he may have the assistance of its

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members in an effort to do something in connection with the condition at Windsor, and other matters.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   STRIKE AT FORD MOTOR PLANT, WINDSOR
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TAKING OVER OF BURNS PACKING PLANTS AND APPOINTMENT OF CONTROLLER-REQUEST FOR FURTHER INFORMATION


On the orders of the day:


PC

Edmund Davie Fulton

Progressive Conservative

Mr. E. D. FULTON (Kamloops):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask a question of the Minister of Labour. I realize, of course, the great burden of work which has been placed upon his shoulders in the last few days. May I ask, however, if he is in a position to-day to make a statement respecting the strike situation in the meat packing plants of this country?

Topic:   TAKING OVER OF BURNS PACKING PLANTS AND APPOINTMENT OF CONTROLLER-REQUEST FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. HUMPHREY MITCHELL (Minister of Labour):

Mr. Speaker, may I emphasize this point: We are now passing through a difficult period, and as I have often said before, this is not the place to negotiate trade union agreements. My hon. friend knows as much about it as I do.

Topic:   TAKING OVER OF BURNS PACKING PLANTS AND APPOINTMENT OF CONTROLLER-REQUEST FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
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PC

Edmund Davie Fulton

Progressive Conservative

Mr. FULTON:

No, I do not. I was seeking information.

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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. MITCHELL:

Just a minute; I say my hon. friend knows as much about it as I do. I have had conversations with the packers and with the union. We have a controller in the plants. We have appointed Mr. Justice Richards of Winnipeg to act as a commissioner under the provisions of section 402. I know my hon. friend does not wish to make my task-or, might I say, possibly his task-a little more difficult. Those people are at the moment in charge of the situation; for goodness' sake give them a chance. Do not try to make it difficult for them by asking questions in the house at the present time.

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PC

Edmund Davie Fulton

Progressive Conservative

Mr. FULTON:

Mr. Speaker, I rise to a question of privilege. I said that I realized the burden under which the Minister of Labour is working, but I think that in what he has said he has imputed to me motives of which I am not guilty.

Topic:   TAKING OVER OF BURNS PACKING PLANTS AND APPOINTMENT OF CONTROLLER-REQUEST FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
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Some hon. MEMBERS:

No.

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PC

Edmund Davie Fulton

Progressive Conservative

Mr. FULTON:

I am seeking information as to the situation, and I am not trying to make anybody's position more difficult. If the minister is not in a position to give any information, then I shall be perfectly content with an answer stating that he is not.

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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. MITCHELL:

I have no further information to give. There is no strike in the packing industry.

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PARCELS TO GREAT BRITAIN-WEIGHT LIMITATIONS

October 18, 1945