May 26, 1947

HOUSING-VETERANS MCDONALD SUBDIVISION, NEAR WELLAND, ONT.

PC

Mr. LOCKHART:

Progressive Conservative

1. How many wartime houses have been erected under YU.A. in the McDonald subdivision, near Welland, Ontario?

2. What are the names of the veterans occupying each of these houses?

3. What is the estimated value of each of the houses?

4. How long have these houses been occupied?

5. Are more houses to be erected in this subdivision?

6. If not, for what reason?

7. What was the cost per acre of the land in this subdivision?

8. Was pure water available to veterans when they were permitted to occupy these houses?

9. If not, what has been their source of water supply (a) for drinking purposes; (b) for general use?

10. What is the cost of the well drilled on this property, including the service piping to each house?

11. What water rates will be charged to each veteran ?

12. When will the grading of these lands be completed?

13. What deposit has been paid by each of the veterans occupying these houses?

14. Where will contracts be available to these veterans ?

15. Have the amounts of these contracts been computed yet?

16. If so, what will be the contract price to each veteran?

Topic:   HOUSING-VETERANS MCDONALD SUBDIVISION, NEAR WELLAND, ONT.
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ADVERTISING-"lA FRONTIERE" AND "ROUYN NORANDA PRESS"

SC

Mr. CAOUETTE:

Social Credit

1. Have any amounts been paid by the government since 1939 to La Frontiere and the Rouyn Noranda Press, of Rouyn, for advertising?

2. If so, what amounts to each?

Inquiries oj the Ministry

Topic:   ADVERTISING-"lA FRONTIERE" AND "ROUYN NORANDA PRESS"
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IMMIGRATION

CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH POLISH GIRLS ARE BEING BROUGHT TO CANADA


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. M. J. COLDWELL (Rosetown-Biggar):

Mr. Speaker, will the Minister of Labour now answer my question with respect to Polish girls?

Topic:   IMMIGRATION
Subtopic:   CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH POLISH GIRLS ARE BEING BROUGHT TO CANADA
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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. HUMPHREY MITCHELL (Minister of Labour):

In reply to a question asked last week by the hon. member for Rosetown-Biggar (Mr. Coldwell) as to girls at present located in displaced persons camps in Europe being brought to Canada by the Dionne Spinning Mills of St. George, Beauce, Quebec, I would advise that the details of the arrangement are set out in order in council P.C. 1193.

With reference to the specific contracts which will be entered into by the girls with the Dionne Spinning Mills, they will provide for rates of wages no less favourable than those required by the provincial laws of Quebec.

My information is that it is the intention of the company to pay these girls the same rates of wages which prevail for other labour in the mill, and an order for return has been tabled which shows, according to reports to the Department of Labour, that no girls are employed at less than 25 cents an hour and that the average rate is 35 cents per hour. However, later information on the question of wages has been received in a telegram from Paul Baillargeon, attorney for the Dionne Spinning Mills, dated May 22, reading as follows:

Answering your telegram: Taken from one of our recent payrolls girl machine operators minimum for experienced beginner is twenty-five cents per hour paid for forty-eight hours weekly but only work forty-six. This equals approximately twenty-six cents per hour minimum. This is increased to thirty cents per hour after one month. After that they are paid according to what they produce. Our experienced girls earn up to a maximum of sixty cents per hour plus three per cent. They also receive two per cent of their weekly earnings for vacation pay. They receive group sick benefit and death insurance five hundred dollars for females. We have only two married women.

In further explanation I quote from Mr. Dionne's letter to my colleague, the hon. the Minister of Mines and Resources:

These girls will take their headquarters at the convent which is situated 500 feet from the mill and is under the direction of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd.

I will pay the transportation of these girls from their homes to Canada. I will see that

these girls or widows are healthy morally and physically. I will comply with the rules and regulations of the Canadian government.

I will make a contract with these girls to refund me their transportation charges at about 25 per cent of what they will earn weekly in my plant. I will pay these girls, when they begin to work, according to the ordinance No. 5 regulating the salaries and conditions of work of textile industries in the province of Quebec.

That is the end of the telegram.

In addition, the company has undertaken to return the girls to point of origin if the arrangement is not mutually satisfactory.

I now table copy of P.C. 1193 dated April 1, 1947, and other documents pertaining to this matter.

I thought my hon. friend1 would like to see the whole file.

Topic:   IMMIGRATION
Subtopic:   CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH POLISH GIRLS ARE BEING BROUGHT TO CANADA
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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. COLDWELL:

Is the arrangement in any respect under the supervision of or in conjunction with the intergovernmental committee on refugees?

Topic:   IMMIGRATION
Subtopic:   CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH POLISH GIRLS ARE BEING BROUGHT TO CANADA
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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. MITCHELL:

Speaking from memory, I do not think so. My understanding is that these girls are being obtained from displaced persons camps in the American and British sections of Germany.

Topic:   IMMIGRATION
Subtopic:   CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH POLISH GIRLS ARE BEING BROUGHT TO CANADA
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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. COLDWELL:

Does this not contravene parliament's own legislation as contained in chapter 109 of the Revised Statutes of Canada, particularly section 2 thereof, which deals with alien contract labour?

Topic:   IMMIGRATION
Subtopic:   CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH POLISH GIRLS ARE BEING BROUGHT TO CANADA
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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. MITCHELL:

I do not know. At the moment conversations are going on, and have gone on, between myself and the Minister of Mines and Resources in connection with joint applications from trade unions and employers to bring people from these displaced persons camps to Canada. Speaking now as an individual, I think that the Canadian people have some responsibility in this regard. With all measures of this nature you have more or less to move easily and carefully into the policy. I could not say whether it does conflict.

Topic:   IMMIGRATION
Subtopic:   CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH POLISH GIRLS ARE BEING BROUGHT TO CANADA
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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. COLDWELL:

That is my point. Has the minister looked into this particular point? I read the act carefully this morning and section 2 certainly prohibits this kind of importation of labour. I realize that there are other sections which may give the government-authority, but it seems to me that that was not the intention of parliament when the act was passed. I am not criticizing the relief of displaced persons, but I want to see that they are brought here under proper conditions and with the proper authority of parliament.

Topic:   IMMIGRATION
Subtopic:   CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH POLISH GIRLS ARE BEING BROUGHT TO CANADA
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LIB

John Sylvester Aloysius Sinnott

Liberal

Mr. SINNOTT:

Have you any objection to these people coming to Canada?

Inquiries of the Ministry

Topic:   IMMIGRATION
Subtopic:   CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH POLISH GIRLS ARE BEING BROUGHT TO CANADA
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PC

Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. GORDON GRAYDON (Peel):

May I ask one supplementary question on that point? Has the government received any applications from other employers of labour along the same lines as that of Mr. Dionne?

Topic:   IMMIGRATION
Subtopic:   CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH POLISH GIRLS ARE BEING BROUGHT TO CANADA
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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. MITCHELL:

The answer is yes. FISHERIES PRICES SUPPORT

Topic:   IMMIGRATION
Subtopic:   CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH POLISH GIRLS ARE BEING BROUGHT TO CANADA
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QUESTION AS TO PROCLAMATION OF OPERATIVE SECTIONS OF ACT


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Loran Ellis Baker

Liberal

Mr. L. E. BAKER (Shelbume-Yarmouth-Clare):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Fisheries in connection with a matter of importance to the fishermen of the maritime provinces. Can the minister indicate to the house when the fisheries prices support board will be set up to administer the Fisheries Prices Support Act, 1944?

Topic:   QUESTION AS TO PROCLAMATION OF OPERATIVE SECTIONS OF ACT
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May 26, 1947