Humphrey MITCHELL

MITCHELL, The Hon. Humphrey, P.C.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Welland (Ontario)
Birth Date
September 9, 1894
Deceased Date
August 1, 1950
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humphrey_Mitchell
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=48fe0415-1454-43d8-a242-1562dedacc97&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
machine operator, union officer

Parliamentary Career

August 10, 1931 - August 14, 1935
LAB
  Hamilton East (Ontario)
February 9, 1942 - April 16, 1945
LIB
  Welland (Ontario)
  • Minister of Labour (December 15, 1941 - November 15, 1948)
June 11, 1945 - April 30, 1949
LIB
  Welland (Ontario)
  • Minister of Labour (December 15, 1941 - November 15, 1948)
  • Minister of Labour (November 15, 1948 - August 1, 1950)
June 27, 1949 - June 13, 1953
LIB
  Welland (Ontario)
  • Minister of Labour (November 15, 1948 - August 1, 1950)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 4 of 1247)


June 20, 1950

Mr. Mitchell:

They receive the standard

commission.

Topic:   FLOOD CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   FRASER RIVER VALLEY-INQUIRY AS TO PRESENT SITUATION
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June 20, 1950

Mr. Mitchell:

I shall be glad to tell them that they should be very careful. You get the odd case. It is like life insurance. You have to die some time, although nobody wants to die. It is like fire insurance. Normal human beings, although they put fire insurance on their houses, do not want to see them destroyed. It is basic with all these things. I shall be glad to take a look at that and warn my people about the consequences.

Topic:   FLOOD CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   FRASER RIVER VALLEY-INQUIRY AS TO PRESENT SITUATION
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June 20, 1950

Mr. Mitchell:

Let me make this 'clear. As long as I am the Minister of Labour, I will run my department. So far as I am concerned, let the sun shine in. I am one of the few people who never closes his office door. My door is always open, except when someone is in there talking to me. No official in my department is going to tell me what to do. They have said to me at times: "If I were you I would do this." But I have said: "You are not me; to be me you have to be elected" and that is not the easiest thing in the world.

My hon. friend can rest assured that these figures are in the Labour Gazette. They have been criticized as being handouts by departments. Let me be frank. Any member of this house, irrespective of what side he sits on, if he wants the information and asks me for it, he will get it. I have always maintained, as my hon. friend knows, that you cannot face a problem by running away from it.

As I said last night, it is sometimes not the wisest thing to do to quote figures from memory, especially in relation to a large department like the Department of Labour. I should like to impress upon my hon. friend the fact that employment is a dynamic thing; it is not static. There are changes from day to day; different people come and go, and so forth.

As I pointed out last night, 1,700,000 people passed through the employment service alone last year. Along with my hon. friend and other hon. members, I take pride in the efficiency of the labour department. I have been very fortunate in building that organization, to have a group of loyal civil servants-* exceptionally loyal, may I say.

I agree with my hon. friend that anything we can possibly do to meet the problems of my department will be done by my officials and myself. If he ever wants any information- it does not matter how uncomfortable it is

* from me, I will give it to him.

Supply

Labour

Topic:   FLOOD CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   FRASER RIVER VALLEY-INQUIRY AS TO PRESENT SITUATION
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June 20, 1950

Hon. Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour):

My hon. friend no doubt knows that this dispute comes under provincial jurisdiction. I believe the majority report recommended an increase in pay, certain paid holidays, and some form of check-off. I have no jurisdiction. Under legislation in force now, neither the federal government nor the provinces can enforce the findings of a conciliation board. I have always held the opinion that the sun does not shine on only one side of the fence. I know that employees sometimes turn down the majority report of the board. I take the long view that both industry and labour would be well advised to accept the majority report of a conciliation board.

At the moment there are some major disputes under my jurisdiction in which the majority report of the board has been turned down by the employees. I am fearful that the whole system of conciliation could easily break down if some judgment is not used by both sides in connection with the machinery that has been built up over the years, whether it be provincial or federal.

Topic:   MCINTYRE PORCUPINE MINES
Subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO REJECTION OF CONCILIATION BOARD RECOMMENDATIONS
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June 20, 1950

Mr. Mitchell:

They are sold on commission.

Topic:   FLOOD CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   FRASER RIVER VALLEY-INQUIRY AS TO PRESENT SITUATION
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