April 7, 1932

CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Right Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Prime Minister) :

Mr. Speaker, I was looking into that

matter to-day. The Department of Agriculture may have two or three bills, one of which I think will be laid before the house within the next day or two, and there may be other amendments of departmental measures from that department. There are also one or two other bills, departmental measures, and of course depending upon the progress of events there may be another measure for submission to the house with respect , to which I cannot say more than that it is a possibility. Beyond that, so far as I could ascertain at noon today, after carefully considering the matter for some time, while I do not wish to make a definite statement which the right hon. gentleman would not in any event accept, I can only say that so far as I know there is

no legislation to be brought down other than that I have mentioned.

The right hon. gentleman spoke of legislation based on the reports of committees. I made clear the other day that further legislation would be introduced with respect to the problems of unemployment and matters of that kind. I gathered from what was said that the right hon. gentleman included that in the measures he mentioned. If he did not,

I desire to indicate that on Saturday next I expect that representatives of all the provinces will be here, and that legislation will follow that conference of a character that cannot be wholly determined until such time as we have had an opportunity of discussing the matter with the representatives of the provinces.

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Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO LEGISLATION TO BE INTRODUCED DURING PRESENT SESSION
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CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

SUNNYBRAE-GUYSBOROUGH BRANCH LINE


On the orders of the day:


CON

Thomas Cantley

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. THOMAS CANTLEY (Pictou):

I

wish to direct a question to the Minister of Railways by way of supplementing a question addressed to him yesterday by my genial friend the hon. member representing Antigo-nish-Guysborough (Mr. Duff), lord high admiral of the north Atlantic fleet. I refer to the extension of chapter 34 of the statutes of 1929, under clause one of which the construction of a Canadian National branch line from Sunnybrae to Guysborough was authorized. I trust that the minister will be good enough to arrange for one year's extension of that act. I would also ask if he cannot give us some assurance that work on this branch line will soon be continued and pushed to completion. The road is now seventy-two per cent completed, and as the government is confronted with the problem of unemployment I suggest that here is a splendid opportunity of providing employment, now so urgent a matter.

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CON

Robert James Manion (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. R. J. MANION (Minister of Railways and Canals):

The hon. member for

Pictou (Mr. Cantley) has drawn this matter to my attention on other occasions, and my hon. friend from Antigonish-Guysborough also brought it up yesterday.

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LIB

William Duff

Liberal

Mr. DUFF:

And at other times too.

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CON

Robert James Manion (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MANION:

Yes, certainly.

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LIB

William Duff

Liberal

Mr. DUFF:

We are both interested in this, my hon. friend from Pictou and myself. There is no distinction between us in that respect.

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CON

Robert James Manion (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MANION:

I was not going to make

any distinction between the two as a matter of fact. In regard to the continuation of the

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construction, that branch line is in exactly the same position as all the other branch lines throughout the country in that continuation of construction depends to a certain extent upon general conditions in the coming months. Regarding the extension of the time for construction of the line which my hon. friend from Antigonish-Guysborough mentioned yesterday, the government will bring in a bill some time this session to extend the time.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   SUNNYBRAE-GUYSBOROUGH BRANCH LINE
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CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS


REPORTED LAY-OFF OF SHOP WORKERS On the orders of the day:


LAB

James Shaver Woodsworth

Labour

Mr. J. S. WOODSWORTH (Winnipeg North Centre):

I should like to ask the

Minister of Railways if he can give us any information with regard to the reported layoff of large numbers of employees in the Canadian National Railway shops. Winnipeg I know is in consternation over the report.

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CON

Robert James Manion (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. R. J. MANION (Minister of Railways) :

This question was brought up in the house a couple of days ago by some other hon. member, and I pointed out then that a committee from the shops had been here and had gone on to Montreal and was dealing with the management, in whose hands, of course, rests this whole matter. I was advised by Mr. Hungerford to-day that the management are still dealing with the committee and they are hoping to get some sort of an arrangement which will be more satisfactory than the original proposal. That arrangement, of course, is a matter between the management and the committee, but like my hon. friend I trust that the result will be better than the proposal contained in the original statement.

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

Might I state

to the minister that I have had representations from both Edmonton and Stratford as to large numbers of railway employees being summarily laid off at both these cities, and the representations are to the effect that numbers of these men will become a public charge unless in some way arrangements can be made to have them retained at least on part time.

I hope that the minister is bringing that phase of the situation before the railway company.

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CON

Robert James Manion (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MANION:

I brought that phase to

the attention of the railway company some weeks ago because it had been brought to my attention-I do not exactly remember how- that a lay-off was likely to happen, and at that time the officers of the railway indicated that large numbers would have to be laid off.

I suggested to them that in view of the unem-

ployment situation they should endeavour to keep on as many employees as they possibly could, and their final proposition which was published in the press last Friday contemplated the laying off of only about half the number originally proposed to be laid off according to the statement of the railway officials to me. The men themselves agreed to a shorter working week, and the company decreased the number it proposed to lay off. But the committee is still negotiating with the management. I presume that Edmonton and the other point mentioned by my right hon friend are in exactly the same position as Winnipeg, and that whatever decision is arrived at in regard to Winnipeg will be applicable to the other shops throughout the country.

Mr. CAMERON R. McINTOSH (North Battleford): I heard the answer given by the Minister of Railways in regard to the completion of the Sunnybrae-Guysborough branch line. Do I understand the minister to say that so far as he is concerned he does not know whether this construction will proceed or not? Can he not give an answer to the effect, that it shall proceed?

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CON

Robert James Manion (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MANION:

I have already answered

the question of my hon. friend from North Battleford (Mr. McIntosh) a couple of times, and the situation with regard to the Sunnybrae-Guysborough branch line is the same as that of all other branch lines. The management under present financial conditions do not recommend going ahead with construction of any branch lines, but providing conditions improve they may change their recommendation.

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LIB

UNEMPLOYMENT RELIEF-BRITISH COLUMBIA


On the orders of the day:


April 7, 1932