May 20, 1926

FUEL SUPPLY COMMITTEE


First report of special committee on Fuel.- Mr. Lapierre.


QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.) PENSION TO COLONEL F. J. MURRAY Mr. BROWN: What is the amount of pension being paid to Colonel F. J. Murray?


LIB

John Campbell Elliott (Minister of Soldiers' Civil Re-establishment; Minister presiding over the Department of Health; Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. J. C. ELLIOPT (Minister of Soldiers' Civil Re-establishment):

Seventy-seven dollars and fifty cents per month.

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QUESTION PASSED AS ORDER FOR RETURN


IMPORTATION OF FARM PRODUCTS Mr. DOUCET: What were the importations into Canada from United States and from other countries, respectively, during the year 1925, of the following farm products: (a) fresh fruits, (b) dried fruits, (c) grain, (d) meats, including beef and pork products, (e) dairy products, (f) potatoes, turnips and sugar beets, (g) eggs, (h) wool?


LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Trade and Commerce; Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. J. A. ROBB (Minister of Finance):

Passed as an order for return, which I now table.

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UNIVERSAL PROMOTION OF RAILWAY EMPLOYEES


On the Orders oif the Day: Mr. JEAN-FRANCOIS POULIOT (Temis-couata): I would like to address a question to the hon. Minister of Railways and Canals (Mr. Dunning) in regard to the so-called system of universal promotion for railway employees. I am told that there is an arrangement between the heads of the employees' brotherhoods to the effect that the system of universal promotion will be established in the near future. According to that system an employee who has seniority right in a railway region .will have that seniority right all over that region. Accordingly a man from Riviere du Loup, in my constituency, will perhaps have to work on the Transcontenental railway if the other employees there are his juniors, and a man who works in New Brunswick may be sent to Prince Edivard Island or Nova Scotia or vice versa, for an indenfinite period of time. This would be very embarrassing to him, making it necessary to leave his family, and as everyone knows railway employees are not supposed to be Wandering Jews. In that respect I would ask the Minister of Railways if it would not be proper, and if it is not the intention of the management of the Canadian National Railways, to ask the employees of every district to vote on that matter and decide among themselves what should be done in their own district. Hon. CHARLES A. DUNNING. (Minister of Railways and Canals): I am informed, Mr. Speaker, that these matters of seniority give considerable difficulty to the management of every railway in this country or in the United States. Up to the present it has been the policy of the management to endeavour, so far as possible, to have the men themselves, through their organizations, determine the broad general policy to be followed, provided that such a policy does not interfere with the proper management and conduct of the road, and does not add unduly to the cost of operation. With regard to the specific details to which my hon friend refers, there will, I am sure, be an excellent opportunity before the special committee which was appointed yesterday to go very thoroughly into details with the operating officers of the road, and I know that members whose constituents are affected will take advantage of that opportunity and get all detailed information regarding it.


LIB

Jean-François Pouliot

Liberal

Mr. POULIOT:

Am I to understand that

the new proposal will not be enforced until the committee has reached a decision?

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LIB

Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. DUNNING:

I do not wish to convey that impression, Mr. Speaker. This is a matter for the management of the railway itself. The employees are under the control of the management, and I should not* like to say that we could properly take the position that a committee of parliament should deal with such details as the conditions of employment of the railway men and their movement from place to place; but the committee

Importation oj Miners

is entitled to the fullest information from the management as to their reasons for adopting any particular policy in this or any other regard.

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IMPORTATION OF MINERS


On the Orders of the Day:


LAB

Abraham Albert Heaps

Labour

Mr. A. A. HEAPS (North Winnipeg):

Mr. Speaker, this morning I received from Winnipeg the following telegram which I wish to draw to the attention of the government: Yesterday the following notice appeared in the government employment office, one hundred miners (shooters and loaders) for shooting and loading coal. Must have experience and be able to qualify as miners. Single men preferred. Rates forty eight to fifty-five cents per ton according to height of seam. Applicants are expected to join union and be prepared to pay own transportation. Board eight dollars to nine dollars per week. Position permanent. Superintendents having applicants please communicate with superintendent of employment service of Canada, Sydney, Nova Scotia. We took this up with Bowman,-

Mr. Bowman, I might say, is the superintendent of employment service in the city of Winnipeg.

-who advised us to see Rigg.-

Mr. Rigg, Sir, is superintendent of the employment service for the Dominion of Canada, with offices in this city.

-We wired Rigg as follows: Employment office advertising for one hundred miners for Nova Scotia. Are you aware that the minors in Pictou county only working two days per week and hundreds idle? Cape Breton, Sydney Mines and Florence two days out of last two weeks. We protest government employment offices advertising for men under these conditions. Wire reply what you can do." We received the following wire in reply this morning: "Replying to your wire even date re miners for Nova Scotia. Coal production in Nova Scotia mines rapidly increasing and request for importation of European miners has been filed with the Department of Immigration. Our efforts directed towards meeting requirements from labour resident in Canada. We are advised that demand cannot be met in Maritime provinces. Signed R. A. Rigg." This is the lamest excuse ever heard. The fallowing are the wires received from New Glasgow, Sydney and Glace Bay. Sydney, Nova Scotia. All m;nes in Sydney Mines area have worked about one week since first of January. Glace Bay area almost as bad. When mines are operating they are overcrowded and contract men don't make three dollars a day.-

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CON

Donald Sutherland

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SUTHERLAND (South Oxford):

Mr. Speaker, I rise to a point of order. Are certain members of this House to have privileges which are denied to others in being allowed to read articles at considerable length on the orders of the day? [DOT]

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LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

I was just about to cad

the attention of the hon. member for North Winnipeg (Mr. Heaps) to the fact that it is

not regular for a member to read a paper which he may have in his possession when putting a question before the orders of the day are called. A question of that nature should be placed on the order paper. Questions on the orders of the day ought to be short and to the point. I would advise the hon. gentleman to put his question on the order paper.

I may say to the hon. member for South Oxford (Mr. Sutherland) that no member has special privileges; all members have equal rights.

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LAB

Abraham Albert Heaps

Labour

Mr. HEAPS:

I will now put my question,

Mr. Speaker, and then follow your suggestion. Is the government aware that the Besco corporation have asked for one hundred miners to be sent to Nova Scotia, when there are hundreds and hundreds of miners down there who at present are. out of work or working part time only?

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LIB

John Campbell Elliott (Minister of Soldiers' Civil Re-establishment; Minister presiding over the Department of Health; Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. J. C. ELLIOTT (Minister of Labour):

Mr. Speaker, so far as I am aware, the government has no information on the subject. I shall be very glad to look into the matter if I can have an opportunity of reading the messages which my hon. friend (Mr. Heaps) has been referring to.

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May 20, 1926