June 23, 1924

PRINTING OF PARLIAMENT

LIB

Charles Arthur Gauvreau

Liberal

Mr. C. A. GAUVREAU (Temiscouata):

Mr. Speaker, I move, seconded by Mr. Pelletier:

That this House doth concur in the third report of the joint committee of both Houses on the printing of parliament, with the exception of the last paragraph thereof.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Right Hon. ARTHUR MEIGHEN (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, it occurs

to me that the proper procedure would be to refer the motion back.

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LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

The same question came

up in 1884, and in the drafting of the motion I followed the form which will be found in the journals of the House of that year, namely:

On motion of Mr. White (Cardwell), seconded by Mr. Sergin, resolved, that this House doth concur in the Sixth Report of the Joint Committee of both Houses on the printing of Parliament, with the exception of the last paragraph thereof.

It is the usual procedure. Is it the pleasure of the House to adopt the motion?

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Motion agreed to.


BANKING AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE

LIB

Thomas Vien

Liberal

Mr. THOMAS VIEN (Lotbiniere):

I beg

to move that the tenth report of the select standing committee on Banking and Commerce be concurred in.

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Motion agreed to.


STRIKE OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES


On the Orders of the Day: Mr. E. C. St. PERE (Hoahelaga): Mr. Speaker, may I 'ask the Acting Postmaster General (Mr. Stewart) if he has received a telegram from the Montreal postal employees to the following effect?- The post office employees of Montreal are ready to return to work provided the government will grant an independent hoard of arbitration with equal representations to employees, findings to be accepted by all concerned; pending negotiations all employees to return to work to former positions. This proposition similar to demands of Toronto. Now, may I add a few words-


LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order. The hon. member will understand tlhat he can only put a question at this time.

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PRO

Charles Wallace Stewart

Progressive

Hon. CHARLES STEWART (Argenteuil) (Acting Postmaster General):

Yes, Mr. Speaker, I am in receipt of that telegram as well as one of a similar character from the striking postal employees of Toronto. I replied that the government would not under any circumstances consider arbitration with the striking employees. _

Mr. Speaker, in fairness to parliament I think I should make a short statement with respect to the strike of postal employees. At the moment all points at which a strike was declared are normal, except Toronto and Windsor. For some reason or other we have had considerable difficulty at Windsor. At Toronto on Saturday, in compliance with the order sent out by me, a number of men endeavoured to get back to work. They had a meeting at night, and of course were unable

Postal Employees

to offer themselves before eight o'clock the following morning, but owing to the crowd then gathered around the post office they were unable to register. Having definitely assured myself that that was the case, I have extended some leniency to employees at Toronto and Montreal who exhibited a desire -indeed, so expressed themselves to the postmaster-to return. In their cases we are giving the postmaster the right to exercise his judgment as to whom he shall take back, the men to go back as new recruits.

_ Mr. MEIGHEN: What is the minister's

justification for saying that things are normal in Montreal, in view of the telegram just read?

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LIB

Charles A. Stewart (Minister of Mines; Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Argenteuil) :

That telegram was despatched Saturday.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

It got normal since?

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LIB

Charles A. Stewart (Minister of Mines; Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Argenteuil):

Absolutely.

I think I can assure my right hon. friend that mail despatched from Ottawa this morning will be delivered by carriers this afternoon in Montreal.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

I do not mean that. I mean, is the strike over in Mbntreal?

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LIB

Charles A. Stewart (Minister of Mines; Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Argenteuil):

Well, those men who went out, 560 odd, are still out.

Mr. ST. PERE: Mr. Speaker, I was at a meeting of the local strikers in Montreal. I hate to call them "strikers"-a word which is much misunderstood in certain quarters-because I consider their cause is just. They represented to me that they had never been informed of the contents of the telegram sent by the hon. minister to the federation on the day previous to the strike, because if such had been known to them they would not have gone on strike. I think, therefore, that there must be an embroglio somewhere and that their present claim for an arbitration board is justified. It seems very strange that the Montreal men were not informed of the contents of that telegram. Are we to infer from that that they were misled by members of their federation? I would like an explanation from the minister.

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LIB

Charles A. Stewart (Minister of Mines; Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Argenteuil):

I have no

knowledge as to whether the striking post office employees were informed of the contents of that telegram. It was forwarded to the Canadian Federation of Postal Employees at Toronto, who were the head and front of the organized effort in connection with this strike. In addition, the postmasters at Montreal, Toronto, Windsor and Kitchener and other points where the men were on strike were

sent copies of this telegram and instructed to give it the widest publicity. We also endeavoured to secure publicity through the press so that all might be informed. I am sorry if the employees at Montreal were not informed by their chief executive, but I took every step in my povji r to make the matter public.

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BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

SATURDAY SITTINGS

June 23, 1924