January 20, 1939

RADIO BROADCASTING

EMPLOYMENT OF WAR VETERANS AS CANVASSERS FOR RADIO LICENCES


On the orders of the day:


CON

Frank Exton Lennard

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. F. E. LENNARD (Wentworth):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask a question of the Minister of Transport (Mr. Howe) arising out of a Canadian press dispatch dated at Ottawa, January 17, as follows:

Employment of war veterans, where available, as convassers for radio licences will be made mandatory as from April 1.

Where and by whom will these appointments be made?

Topic:   RADIO BROADCASTING
Subtopic:   EMPLOYMENT OF WAR VETERANS AS CANVASSERS FOR RADIO LICENCES
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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Hon. C. D. HOWE (Minister of Transport):

Mr. Speaker, the appointments will, as in the past, be made by the Minister of Transport.

Topic:   RADIO BROADCASTING
Subtopic:   EMPLOYMENT OF WAR VETERANS AS CANVASSERS FOR RADIO LICENCES
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BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

ADJOURNMENT AT SIX O'CLOCK ON FRIDAY OF FIRST FULL WEEK OF SESSION


On the orders of the day:


CON

Robert James Manion (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. R. J. MANION (Leader of the Opposition) :

Mr. Speaker, before the orders of the day are called I should like to ask a question of the Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King). I am informed it has been the custom during most of the last few sessions to adjourn at six o'clock on the Friday of the first full week. It would appear that some hon. members on this side of the house have taken it for granted that that custom will be followed and, for that reason, have made other arrangements. I might add that while I am not insisting upon it, the party I lead would be pleased if the house did adjourn to-day at six. We have sat three evenings this week, and I think that is not bad for the opening week of the session.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   ADJOURNMENT AT SIX O'CLOCK ON FRIDAY OF FIRST FULL WEEK OF SESSION
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LIB

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

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):

What the leader of the

opposition (Mr. Manion) has said with respect to adjournment in the last three or four years is quite correct. The house has adjourned at six o'clock on the Friday evening which closes the first full week of the session, not because of any rule, but simply because it seemed to be the general desire of hon. members. I understand there is the same desire this year on all sides of the house, and I shall be pleased to see that adjournment is moved at six o'clock.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   ADJOURNMENT AT SIX O'CLOCK ON FRIDAY OF FIRST FULL WEEK OF SESSION
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PROCEDURE RESPECTING CANADA-UNITED STATES TRADE AGREEMENT

LIB

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

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):

I should like to reply to a question asked last night by the leader of the opposition (Mr. Manion) respecting the procedure the government intended to adopt with respect to the trade agreement, once the resolution on the order paper is passed.

In a word the procedure will be the same as that followed at the time of consideration of the 1936 agreement. The Minister of Finance (Mr. Dunning) will move the house into committee of ways and means so that the agreement in detail, and particularly the schedules attached thereto, may be considered by that committee. This motion is required under standing order 60 of the House of Commons. When the committee has reported to the house and the report has been approved, a bill will be introduced, based on the resolution reported from committee of ways and means, giving the force of law to the new trade agreement and repealing the existing one, namely the Canada-United States Agreement Act of 1936. The bill will of course have to pass through all its stages, including committee of the whole.

Topic:   PROCEDURE RESPECTING CANADA-UNITED STATES TRADE AGREEMENT
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CON

Robert James Manion (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MANION:

In other words as soon as the resolution is passed that will be the procedure?

Topic:   PROCEDURE RESPECTING CANADA-UNITED STATES TRADE AGREEMENT
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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:

Yes. May I point out that I am answering the question of the leader of the opposition as it was asked last night, because it related only to the procedure to be followed after the adoption of the resolution. I wish to make it quite clear that the resolution will be debated fully before any reference is made to the committee of ways and means.

Topic:   PROCEDURE RESPECTING CANADA-UNITED STATES TRADE AGREEMENT
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CON

Robert James Manion (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MANION:

I asked only because some little discussion had arisen. I inquired from the clerk and he explained it to me very much as did the right hon. gentleman. At the same time I was not quite certain of the procedure, as there was some dispute about it.

Radio-Broadcasting Privileges

Topic:   PROCEDURE RESPECTING CANADA-UNITED STATES TRADE AGREEMENT
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UNEMPLOYMENT

ARREST OF SINGLE UNEMPLOYED MEN IN TORONTO


On the orders of the day:


CON

Robert James Manion (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. R. J. MANION (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, I have a matter to bring to the attention of the Minister of Labour (Mr. Rogers). I shall not make comments, but shall be content to read a letter which has come to my hand. This letter, of which I shall send him a copy, is from Mr. Kenneth Woodsworth, secretary of the Canadian Youth Congress. It was received by me only a few moments ago, but it seemed so urgent, as the last paragraph will show, that I feel it necessary to bring it to the attention of the minister immediately. It is as follows:

It has been brought to our attention that some sixty-nine single transient unemployed men are now in gaol in Toronto, having been arrested for begging on the streets.

These men in Toronto are, for the most part, under the age of twenty-five; they have formed themselves into an association and have even been able to rent a house to support about sixty of their number. However, they have no means of subsistence and have been driven to begging in order to live. Now they are in danger of being made into criminals.

We have had occasion formerly to make representation to the Minister of Labour on the need for immediate public works projects to provide employment for Canada's unemployed youth. The present situation reemphasizes the great urgency for action.

In the immediate situation, we would ask your support and your influence in having these unfortunate young men released without sentence. We would further urge that they be given relief, until such time as they are provided with the means of livelihood.

They are to be brought before the court on Saturday morning, so we ask your prompt attention.

I take it that they are to appear in court to-morrow morning. In view of this very serious, even tragic, affair, will the Minister of Labour take it into consideration with a view to seeing if there is not some way in which he and his department can help?

Hon. NORMAN McL. ROGERS (Minister of Labour): Mr. Speaker, information reached me this morning to the effect that a number of single unemployed men have been arrested in the city of Toronto, presumably for a violation of a city by-law. My understanding is that the questions arising out of these arrests are being discussed at the present time by representatives of the city of Toronto and the provincial government. In the nature of things, this and other matters relating to unemployment will receive the careful consideration of the dominion Department of Labour.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT
Subtopic:   ARREST OF SINGLE UNEMPLOYED MEN IN TORONTO
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RADIO BROADCASTING

January 20, 1939