July 18, 1940


On the orders of the day:


CON

Agar Rodney Adamson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. A. R. ADAMSON (York West):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of National Defence (Mr. Ralston). In view of the probable shortage of skilled mine workers will the minister consider: first, asking the recruiting officers not to accept mine workers until the national registration scheme is completed and we have taken stock of our man-power resources; second, the formation of a special pioneer corps of miners who would be trained together so that their specialized knowledge of rock explosives and demolition work would be used to the best advantage?

Topic:   MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY
Subtopic:   MINE WORKERS
Sub-subtopic:   SUGGESTED DELAY IN RECRUITING PENDING NATIONAL REGISTRATION AND FORMATION OF PIONEER CORPS
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LIB

Georges Parent (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

The other day I gave a ruling with regard to the asking of questions on the orders of the day. These questions might well go on the order paper.

Topic:   MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY
Subtopic:   MINE WORKERS
Sub-subtopic:   SUGGESTED DELAY IN RECRUITING PENDING NATIONAL REGISTRATION AND FORMATION OF PIONEER CORPS
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NAVAL SERVICE ACT

PROVISION TO MAKE CIVILIANS SERVING IN SHIPS


Hon. J. L. RALSTON (Minister of National Defence) moved the second reading of and concurrence in amendments made by the senate to Bill No. 2, to amend the Naval Service Act.


NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Hon. R. B. HANSON (Leader of the Opposition):

What are these amendments?

Topic:   NAVAL SERVICE ACT
Subtopic:   PROVISION TO MAKE CIVILIANS SERVING IN SHIPS
Sub-subtopic:   SUBJECT TO NAVAL DISCIPLINE-CONCURRENCE IN SENATE AMENDMENTS
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LIB

James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. RALSTON:

Hon. members will remember that this amendment to the Naval Service Act provided that agreements might be made with civilians to serve his majesty in particular ships. This had to do with people such as radio operators, stewards and others on merchants ships which have been converted into armed merchant cruisers. I would say the senate amendments have the effect of making it clear that the persons with whom these agreements are made do not thereby become members of the naval forces. Provision is made for entering into an agreement

with these persons, and the amendment provides that as long as the engagement remains in force, notwithstanding the fact that for the time being the person may not be serving in any ship, he is subject to the act. They except sections 38 and 39, which provide certain compensation in cases of injury and illness. So far as the department is concerned there is no objection to the amendments.

Motion agreed to; amendments read the second time and concurred in.

Topic:   NAVAL SERVICE ACT
Subtopic:   PROVISION TO MAKE CIVILIANS SERVING IN SHIPS
Sub-subtopic:   SUBJECT TO NAVAL DISCIPLINE-CONCURRENCE IN SENATE AMENDMENTS
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MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY

AMENDMENT TO CLARIFY AND EXTEND POWERS OF MINISTER-CONCURRENCE IN SENATE AMENDMENTS


Hon. C. D. HOWE (Minister of Munitions and Supply) moved the second reading of and concurrence in amendments made by the senate to Bill No. 41, to amend the Department of Munitions and Supply Act. He said: These are minor amendments making slight changes in the wording, inserting or deleting a comma, an adjective or a conjunction, and so on. They have been examined by my officers, who advise me that they make no difference to the meaning and intent of the bill.


NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Hon. R. B. HANSON (Leader of the Opposition):

There is a whole paragraph struck out of section 2 on page 2. I notice the minor changes to which the minister has alluded, and this seems to be the only major change. What is the effect of it?

Topic:   MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO CLARIFY AND EXTEND POWERS OF MINISTER-CONCURRENCE IN SENATE AMENDMENTS
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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

Mr. HOWE:

The paragraph in question provided that the employees of the department would have a certain standing in the eligible lists of the civil service commission. When the bill was in committee I told the house that this provision had been approved by the commission. This was the representation made to me by my officers, but subsequently it developed that this was not entirely correct. It was also drawn to my attention that there were other war service boards for whose employees similar provision should be made if it were to be made for the temporary employees of the Department of Munitions and Supply. I therefore decided that the proper course was to defer consideration of the matter until later in the war, and at my request the senate deleted that provision.

Topic:   MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO CLARIFY AND EXTEND POWERS OF MINISTER-CONCURRENCE IN SENATE AMENDMENTS
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NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

It was done at the minister's request?

Topic:   MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO CLARIFY AND EXTEND POWERS OF MINISTER-CONCURRENCE IN SENATE AMENDMENTS
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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

Mr. HOWE:

Yes

Motion agreed to; amendments read the second time and concurred in.

Special War Revenue Act

Topic:   MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO CLARIFY AND EXTEND POWERS OF MINISTER-CONCURRENCE IN SENATE AMENDMENTS
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CIVIL SERVICE SUPERANNUATION


Hon. C. W. G. GIBSON (Minister of National Revenue) moved the second reading of and concurrence in an amendment made by the senate to Bill No. 28, to amend the Civil Service Superannuation Act, 1924.


NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Hon. R. B. HANSON (Leader of the Opposition):

Would the minister explain this amendment?

Topic:   MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY
Subtopic:   CIVIL SERVICE SUPERANNUATION
Sub-subtopic:   ORDER IN COUNCIL OF AUGUST 11, 1939, TO HAVE FORCE AND EFFECT OF STATUTE-CONCURRENCE IN SENATE AMENDMENT
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LIB

Colin William George Gibson (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Mr. GIBSON:

There is no change in the wording; it is just a change in the formation of the act.

Topic:   MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY
Subtopic:   CIVIL SERVICE SUPERANNUATION
Sub-subtopic:   ORDER IN COUNCIL OF AUGUST 11, 1939, TO HAVE FORCE AND EFFECT OF STATUTE-CONCURRENCE IN SENATE AMENDMENT
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NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

With all due deference to the minister, that is hardly an explanation. What is the change in the formation of the act? I see there is just one minor change, but I invite the minister to tell the house what it is. Many hon. members have not this amendment before them.

Topic:   MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY
Subtopic:   CIVIL SERVICE SUPERANNUATION
Sub-subtopic:   ORDER IN COUNCIL OF AUGUST 11, 1939, TO HAVE FORCE AND EFFECT OF STATUTE-CONCURRENCE IN SENATE AMENDMENT
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July 18, 1940