June 30, 1947

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Thomas Hay

Right. Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister) :

I would have to give a good deal of thought before attempting to-answer that- question. It is one that is debatable. There are two sides to the question. T^at is all I can say at the moment.

Inquiries of the Ministry

Topic:   STATUTORY HOLIDAYS
Subtopic:   SUGGESTED CELEBRATION ON MONDAY EXCEPT GOOD FRIDAY, CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR'S
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MOVEMENT FROM LAKEHEAD TO MONTREAL- SHIPS AWAITING CARGOES


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Hon. LIONEL CHEVRIER (Minister of Transport):

Last week the hon. member for St. John-Albert (Mr. Hazen) asked a question with reference to the amount of grain in the port of Montreal and whether it was adequate to supply cargoes for ships that were awaiting delivery. The information I have is that the railways are performing an excellent service in connection with the movement of grain. I am sure my colleague, the Minister of Trade and Commerce, will confirm this when I say that the request was made by the Canadian wheat board that we move 1,126 cars of wheat and grain daily and the railways have far exceeded that. The average for June was 1,360 cars. Grain is moving as fast as it can to lakehead ports. There are other points involved and I do not wish to go into them, but my hon. friend inquired about the movement, and from the point of view of the railways it is certainly well taken care of.

Topic:   MOVEMENT FROM LAKEHEAD TO MONTREAL- SHIPS AWAITING CARGOES
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PC

Douglas King Hazen

Progressive Conservative

Mr. HAZEN:

I understood that there were twenty-three ships which were held up at the time I asked my question.

Topic:   MOVEMENT FROM LAKEHEAD TO MONTREAL- SHIPS AWAITING CARGOES
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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. CHEVRIER:

Yes. There are at the present time some ships waiting to load wheat at St. Lawrence ports, but the United Kingdom government have been kept fully informed as to available supplies and they understand that, if ships were provided over and above the available wheat supplies they would be delayed in loading. All I can say is that sufficient wheat is being made available to meet all commitments, and the schedule as suggested by the wheat board is being fully lived up to.

Topic:   MOVEMENT FROM LAKEHEAD TO MONTREAL- SHIPS AWAITING CARGOES
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CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

DISMISSAL OF EMPLOYEES FOR REFUSAL TO WORK ON CORPUS CHRISTI DAY


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Hon. LIONEL CHEVRIER (Minister of Transport):

On Monday, June 23, the hon. member for Chicoutimi (Mr. Gagnon) asked this question on the orders of the day:

(Translation):

Is there any truth in the report that some forty Canadian National Railways employees appointed to track maintenance in the Lower St. Lawrence district, namely at Rimouski, Sayabec, Mont Joli and surrounding parts, were dismissed for having refused to work on the feast of Corpus Christi?

Canadian National Railways inform me that on Saturday, June 7, an extra crew of eight men, consisting of five crew men and three section men, refused to work Saturday afternoon and were dismissed. Corpus Christi was celebrated on Sunday, June 8. The men were not. forced to work on Sunday and were dismissed because they refused to work on Saturday afternoon. They have since submitted a petition to the superintendent and three section men as well as three extra crew men have resumed their duties.

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Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   DISMISSAL OF EMPLOYEES FOR REFUSAL TO WORK ON CORPUS CHRISTI DAY
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BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

INQUIRY AS TO FURTHER LEGISLATION AND MEASURES NOT TO BE PROCEEDED WITH


On the orders of the day:


PC

Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. GORDON GRAYDON (Peel):

I ask this question at the urgent request of some members of our party, and I should be glad if the Prime Minister would answer it. We should like to know at this stage of the session whether it is the intention of the government to introduce any other legislation than that which is now on the older paper, and, second, whether there are any items of legislation on the order paper which the government may feel disposed not to proceed with this session.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO FURTHER LEGISLATION AND MEASURES NOT TO BE PROCEEDED WITH
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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):

I have been trying to

have each of my colleagues advise me whether he has anything further which he wishes to bring forward. I understand that, of what it is intended to bring forward, everything has already been mentioned, in the statement I made to the house some time ago. There are one or two measures I mentioned at the time that have not, up to the moment, been introduced, but apart from that I am not aware of anything t'he government intends to bring forward unless some emergency arises that cannot be foreseen at the moment.

As regards the other question, whether t.he government will wish to drop any of the measures, I would say at the present -time that we should like to proceed with all of which notice has been given, but what progress we shall make will depend on the progress that is made from day to day. I should not like to say at the moment -that there are any that will be dropped.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO FURTHER LEGISLATION AND MEASURES NOT TO BE PROCEEDED WITH
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PC

Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. GRAYDON:

Perhaps my right hon. friend will indicate tomorrow Whether or not he does find that any other legislation will be introduced. I have asked the question because it would meet the convenience of members generally to have the information.

United, Nations

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO FURTHER LEGISLATION AND MEASURES NOT TO BE PROCEEDED WITH
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RATIONING IN BRITAIN

REPORTED REDUCTION OF IMPORTS INTO UNITED


On the orders of the day:


PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

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

I wish to direct a question to the Minister of Trade and Commerce arising out of a statement made in the British House of Commons today by Hugh Dalton, chancellor of the exchequer, to the effect that Britain must meet a severe shortage of dollars by slashing her dollar import of newsprint, tobacco, gasoline and some items of food which might include basic rations. Has the Department of Trade and Commerce been advised whether or not this ration will affect certain of our exports to Britain?

Topic:   RATIONING IN BRITAIN
Subtopic:   REPORTED REDUCTION OF IMPORTS INTO UNITED
Sub-subtopic:   KINGDOM-EFFECT ON CANADIAN EXPORTS
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June 30, 1947