June 26, 1917

SENATE BILLS.

FIRST READINGS.


Bill No. 104, respecting The Vancouver Life Insurance Company.-Mr. Stevens. Bill No. 105, to incorporate The English Valley and Hudson Bay Railway Company. -Mr. Webster. Bill No. 106, for the relief of Rozilla Lamb. -Mr. Douglas.


SODDIER SETTLEMENT BOARD.


Mr. ROCHE moved that the House on to-morrow take into consideration the following proposed resolution: That the resolution of April 23, to establish a Board, to be called the Soldier Settlement Board and to effect the other objects set out in the said resolution be amended and that the maximum amount that the Board may loan to settlers be increased from two thousand dollars to two thousand five hundred dollars. Motion agreed to. .


LABOUR STRIKE IN WESTERN MINES.

DIRECTOR OF COAL MINING OPERATIONS. -


On the Orders of the Day:


LIB

William Ashbury Buchanan

Liberal

Mr. W. A. BUCHANAN (Medicine Hat):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask the Minister of Labour (Mr. Crothers) a few questions on. a matter of urgent importance. Yesterday there was laid on the table of the House an Order in Council appointing Mr. Armstrong of Vancouver to look after the qperation of mines in western Canada. As I understand it, he is first to make inquiries and investigations which will delay the operation of the mines. I had understood that the Government had fully decided to take over and operate the mines and that Mr. Armstrong had been placed in charge of this work. I want to know whether these investigations and inquiries are to be made and whether the operation of the mines is to be delayed. I would think that the Government had sufficient information, now to decide what is the best policy to pursue.

I am also advised that the gentleman who has been appointed is not a friend of organized labour, but that, on the contrary he has been opposed to organized labour. If that is the case, I would suggest that it is a bad appointment to make in dealing

with a labour problem in western Canada. I would also ask the minister, in fairness to the House and the country, to make a complete statement in regard to the negotiations and efforts to bring about a settlement of the strike. I think Parliament and the country are entitled to a full statement especially when the Government has in view, such drastic action in connection with the, operation of the mines.

Topic:   LABOUR STRIKE IN WESTERN MINES.
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CON

Thomas Wilson Crothers (Minister of Labour)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. T. W. CROTHERS (Minister of Labour):

The statement of my hon. friend about the Director of Coal Operations in district No. 18 being opposed to organized labour is the first intimation of that sort that I have had concerning Mr. Armstrong. Mr. Armstrong reached Calgary yesterday, and his instructions are to have operations resumed at once. -No inquiry will be neces-sarj? further than to ascertain the general condition there before the men will go to work. I had a wire from him to-day to say that he would wire me to-morrow definitely. I expect he will succeed in getting the men to go to work at once, and he will make whatever inquiries are necessary afterwards. As to the full statement that my hon. friend desires, I may say to him that the House has made an order for a return of all the correspondence concerning this matter, which is very voluminous. It is being prepared now, and when it is laid on the Table he will have the disclosure of the negotiations which he desires.

Topic:   LABOUR STRIKE IN WESTERN MINES.
Subtopic:   DIRECTOR OF COAL MINING OPERATIONS. -
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LIB

William Ashbury Buchanan

Liberal

Mr. BUCHANAN:

I would like to ask the minister if, in ordering the men to return to work, they are to have their demands complied with by the commissioner representing the Government. Are they to be paid what they have been asking for?

Topic:   LABOUR STRIKE IN WESTERN MINES.
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CON

Thomas Wilson Crothers (Minister of Labour)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CROTHERS:

I expect that the

director will settle that matter. I do not know the terms upon which they are returning to work, but I am satisfied they will return to work right away.

Topic:   LABOUR STRIKE IN WESTERN MINES.
Subtopic:   DIRECTOR OF COAL MINING OPERATIONS. -
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LIB

Frank Oliver

Liberal

Mr. OLIVER:

I notice in the Order in Council that was laid on the Table yester-* day that authority was conferred on the gentleman appointed to control mines in southern Alberta and southeast Kootenay. I wish to know just what is the condition in regard to the mines in Northern Alberta.

Topic:   LABOUR STRIKE IN WESTERN MINES.
Subtopic:   DIRECTOR OF COAL MINING OPERATIONS. -
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CON

Thomas Wilson Crothers (Minister of Labour)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CROTHERS:

I have not the Order in Council before me, but my recollection is that it takes in -the southeasterly part of British Columbia and the southwesterly part of Alberta, covering what'is generally known in that part of the country as district

No. 18. I am not quite certain how far north that extends.

Topic:   LABOUR STRIKE IN WESTERN MINES.
Subtopic:   DIRECTOR OF COAL MINING OPERATIONS. -
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LIB

Frank Oliver

Liberal

Mr. OLIVEK:

I would respectfully ask the minister to inform the House at the earliest convenient date how far this Order does extend. It is probably the most remarkable Order that has yet been issued in Canada, and there is a very great difference created between those mines that are under it and those that are not. It is of great importance that we should know which mines are under the Order and which, if any, are not. In view of the importance of this Order and of the action that necessarily follows it, it is essential that this House and the country should know, not by a return laid on the Table of papers which do not carry their own explanation, but on the responsibility of the Minister of Labour, what the negotiations between the parties were, and why and how those negotiations failed to come to a satisfactory conclusion. This country is going into a tremendous experiment, and we have a right to begin at the beginning and know why.

Topic:   LABOUR STRIKE IN WESTERN MINES.
Subtopic:   DIRECTOR OF COAL MINING OPERATIONS. -
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MILITARY SERVICE ACT, 1917.

DEBATE CONTINUED ON MOTION FOR SECOND READING AND ON THE AMENDMENTS.


Consideration of the motion of the Right Hon. Sir Robert Borden (Prime Minister) for the second reading of Bill No. 75, Military Service Act, 1917, and the amendment of Sir Wilfrid Laurier thereto, and the amendment to the amendment by Mr. Bar-ette, resumed from Monday, June 25.


CON

James Arthurs

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. JAMES ARTHURS (Parry Sound):

Topic:   MILITARY SERVICE ACT, 1917.
Subtopic:   DEBATE CONTINUED ON MOTION FOR SECOND READING AND ON THE AMENDMENTS.
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LIB

Charles Avila Wilson

Liberal

Mr. C. A. WILSON:

From- your own

party.

Topic:   MILITARY SERVICE ACT, 1917.
Subtopic:   DEBATE CONTINUED ON MOTION FOR SECOND READING AND ON THE AMENDMENTS.
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June 26, 1917