July 20, 1917

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Thomas Wilson Crothers (Minister of Labour)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CROTHERS:

Characterize it as you please.

Mr. A. ~K. MACLEAN: Mr. O'Connor made reports also with respect to coal, sugar and other commodities. Was his investigation complete in this or should further inquiry have been made? Perhaps these reports also were defective; perhaps he lacked some information which was not supplied by the parties interested. It is a very serious matter if the inquiry was not complete or the information given not reliable.

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Thomas Wilson Crothers (Minister of Labour)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CROTHERS:

The answers sent in concerning anthracite coal and sugar were satisfactory; it was not considered necessary to make any further investigation by an expert accountant. But my hon. friend will realize that the investigations never cease. We are getting monthly reports from all the leading coal dealers and sugar dealers and cold storage people in Canada concerning the quantity of goods in storage and the amounts bought and sold during the month in question. In that sense, therefore, the investigation continues right along, going back to the year 1913. There is an immense amount of work connected with it. The inquiry will continue right along in that sense.

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William Pugsley

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY:

The minister must be

unconscious of what is going on. He says that it has not yet been decided whether there is going to be a further investigation by Mr. O'Connor.

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Thomas Wilson Crothers (Minister of Labour)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CROTHERS:

I did not say a further investigation by Mr. O'Connor; I said a further investigation under the order in council, by an expert accountant.

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William Pugsley

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY:

Let me read what the Prime Minister says in a telegram to the William Davies Company. A despatch from Toronto states:

This morning, the William Davies Company received a reply from Sir Robert Borden to the telegram sent the morning after the publication of the O'Connor report. Sir Robert's telegram says:

"I think it desirable that an investigation into the whole matter raised by Mr. O'Connor's report should be made by a competent judicial officer. This course I propose to direct." (Signed) "R. L. Borden."

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Thomas Wilson Crothers (Minister of Labour)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CROTHERS:

I read the whole telegram, but I do not think the term "judicial officer" is necessarily confined to a judge.

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Thomas Wilson Crothers (Minister of Labour)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CROTHERS:

I do not think it is

confined to a judge.

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Thomas Wilson Crothers (Minister of Labour)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CROTHERS:

I do not propose entering into a discussion as to the definition of the term.

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Frank Broadstreet Carvell

Liberal

Mr. CARVELL:

A lawyer of ten years' standing might come upder that.

Mr. MeKENZIE: Does the minister make any inquiry as to the wages paid by contractors who have large contracts with the Home Government for supplying war munitions?

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Thomas Wilson Crothers (Minister of Labour)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CROTHERS:

I understand that the Imperial Munitions Board does not insert in any of its contracts what is known as a detailed schedule giving the schedule of wages or the general fair-wage clause; but when any complaints are made to us-and there have been a few, although not many -we have made an inquiry and then taken the matter up with the chairman of the Imperial Munitions Board, and he has gone, in at least one case, sb far as to cancel the contract because the contractor refused to pay the wages that we found were current in the neighbourhood and which we thought should be paid. When any complaint is made regarding wages we make inquiries just as we do in the case of contracts let by our Government.

Progress reported.

On motion of Hon. Mr. Doherty, the House adjourned at 11.12 p.m.

Saturday, July 21, 1917.

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