June 14, 1938

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Sure.

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William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

If they say that let them prove it. Let them make any direct charge and it will be investigated immediately by the government. More than that, may I say that if my hon. friend who has brought forward this matter will communicate his representations to the president and board of directors of the Canadian National railways they will, I believe, proceed to deal with it in the manner in which I think it should be dealt with; and if they do, they will have the wholehearted support of this administration. That is the body responsible for the action of its officers, who in turn are responsible for the actions of their men.

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CON

Robert Henry McGregor

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. McGREGOR:

The election is over now.

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William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

The election in Saskatchewan is over, and I do not see that much good can be served by fighting it over again in this House of Commons when we have more important matters to attend to, but that is what the representations made this afternoon amount to.

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Archibald Hugh Mitchell

Social Credit

Mr. MITCHELL:

May I ask whether the Prime Minister is averse to having this matter investigated by the government or the Minister of Transport?

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

I have been sitating that the Canadian National railways is a body that is supposed to be independent of government control, and the government should not interfere one way or the other in this matter unless, after the Canadian National authorities have investigated, they communicate to us their need of government assistance in order that rules and regulations may be enforced.

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LIB

Malcolm McLean

Liberal

Mr. MALCOLM McLEAN (Melfort):

Mr. Speaker, we have had the amazing spectacle to-day of the hon. member for Rosetown-Biggar (Mr. Coldwell) trying to drag the Canadian National railways into partisan politics in this house.

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Oh, oh.

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Major James William Coldwell

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. COLDWELL:

I object.

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LIB

Malcolm McLean

Liberal

Mr. McLEAN (Melfort):

And this on the unsupported word of a hired socialist organizer who left the preaching of the gospel to engage in partisan politics.

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Major James William Coldwell

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. COLDWELL:

I rise to a point of order. I am referring to a document sent out through the regular railway channels and dated at Kamsack.

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LIB

Malcolm McLean

Liberal

Mr. McLEAN (Melfort):

If the hon. member would give me a minute, I would come to that phase of it. At the very outset, the complaint that has been made before this house to-day should not have been made here. It is that either someone used Canadian National stationery for improper purposes, or that someone improperly used the Canadian National name in printing stationery for his own purposes.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Or the Liberal leaflet attached.

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LIB

Malcolm McLean

Liberal

Mr. McLEAN (Melfort):

I never knew there was a law against sending out Liberal propaganda in this country. The leaflet in itself was perfectly all right. It was truthful, moderate, reasonable and constructive. My hon. friend said a moment ago that he and his party were opposed to amalgamation. I can get the original handbook distributed by the hon. member, either by himself or by his agent in a meeting which he was addressing, in which he said the object of his party was to socialize the natural resources of this country, and the implements of production and means of transportation.

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CCF

Abraham Albert Heaps

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. HEAPS:

What has that to do with

this?

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LIB

Malcolm McLean

Liberal

Mr. McLEAN (Melfort):

Let me ask this: How can you socialize public ownership? How can you socialize the transportation system of this country without having a monopoly? Would you with one hand administer the Canadian National Railways, with the other hand administer the Canadian Pacific railway, and depend on your feet to administer the other means of transportation?

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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. COLDWELL:

Does the hon. member wish me to answer that point?

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LIB

Malcolm McLean

Liberal

Mr. McLEAN (Melfort):

My hon. friend has said that people have been losing their jobs because of political pressure being brought to bear on them. I would tell him that in my observation more men have lost their jobs or had to change their locations because of pressure brought by his socialist friends than I have seen affected by the democratic parties. A complaint of this nature should not have been made. Everyone in this house,

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who has had anything to do with public business, knows that Canadian National business is dealt with in another manner. It is dealt with by a special committee of the house, which considers the accounts of the company, and officers of the company appear before the committee. It might be quite true that the hon. member does not believe in these men on the Canadian National railways being encouraged to express their own opinions about amalgamation, or more socialization than there is at the present time. I think the hon. member would agree with me in saying that the only wrong that has been done in this case is either the using of the stationery of the railway, the misusing of the company name, or the enclosing of political statements in company mail. If one of these things has been done, it certainly can be investigated by the company.

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Henry Herbert Stevens

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. H. H. STEVENS (Kootenay East):

Mr. Speaker, I think that the point at issue has escaped the attention of both the hon. member for Melfort (Mr. McLean) and the Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King). The point is this: Here is a document alleged- and I use the word advisedly-to have been sent out by an officer of the Canadian National Railways.

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LIB

Malcolm McLean

Liberal

Mr. McLEAN (Melfort):

Alleged by whom?

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June 14, 1938