June 9, 1938

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Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Yes, quite; I said that.

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Norman McLeod Rogers (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. ROGERS:

And on the basis of those

complaints I am inclined to agree that from time to time employment services have been used for political purposes.

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Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Yes, there is no doubt

about it.

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Norman McLeod Rogers (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. ROGERS:

How that can be controlled I am not prepared to say. As my hon. friend is aware, the dominion government does not control any appointments.

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Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

But we pay the money.

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Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Not the whole of it.

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Norman McLeod Rogers (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. ROGERS:

A rather small proportion of it, as a matter of fact. I believe it is about one-third. W.e pay about one-third of the total in the province, under the provisions of the-

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Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

I think it is between a

third and a half.

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Norman McLeod Rogers (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. ROGERS:

Yes; as expenses have gone up our proportion has tended to decrease. In the beginning I think it was more.

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Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Yes, as the expenses not under our control made by the provinces have increased, our amount has proportionately decreased.

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Norman McLeod Rogers (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. ROGERS:

Exactly. I can recall some time ago receiving protests with respect to the dismissal of the head of an employment office in one of the provinces. I believe there is no reason why I should mention the name here. There was nothing which we as a dominion government could effectively do in the matter.

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Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

I said that, yes.

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Norman McLeod Rogers (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. ROGERS:

The appointment was made by the province, and it rests entirely in the discretion of provincial governments to make dismissals as they see fit. The matter has given me, I may say, some concern because of the various complaints that I have received. Obviously, whether or not there is justification for them, they should go to the provincial governments concerned and be dealt with accordingly. I realize also that with

Supply-Labour-Employment Offices

respect to relief work it is very important that the employment service should act in a nonpartisan way. There again the problem is not as easy of solution as appears at first glance.

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Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Not as loug as the province exercises the control which now it has over these offices. That is clear.

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Norman McLeod Rogers (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. ROGERS:

That is true. It is simply

a matter of where the responsibility lies. But I certainly will not go so far as to say that in all provinces there has been a failure to recognize that obligation.

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Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Neither would I.

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Norman McLeod Rogers (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. ROGERS:

I would also suggest that

in all provinces there are employment offices which are conducted on an efficient and satisfactory basis.

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Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

That is true.

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Norman McLeod Rogers (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. ROGERS:

I know that in certain

instances attempts have been made to set, for example, a quota of those who should be employed through the employment service,-

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June 9, 1938