November 14, 1940

AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY-CHRYSLER PLANT AT WINDSOR-REPORTED ARREST OP PICKETS


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. M. J. COLDWELL (Rosetown-Biggar):

I should like to ask the Minister of Justice (Mr. Lapointe) the exact date on which he issued an order, if any, declaring the Chrysler plant at Windsor, Ontario, to be a protected place under the defence of Canada regulations, and for what reason any such order was issued.

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LIB

Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Right Hon. ERNEST LAPOINTE (Minister of Justice):

The plant was declared to be an essential service under subparagraph 2 (d) of the defence of Canada regulations, not by the Minister of Justice but by the governor in council, in order in council P.C. 3264 of July 20, 1940. The purpose of the regulation is to enable the civil authorities to enforce defence of Canada regulations relating to trespassing and loitering on or near the said premises, and prohibiting the doing of any act with intent to impair the efficiency or impede the working of any undertaking engaged in the performance of essential services.

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CCF

Clarence Gillis

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

Mr. CLARENCE GILLIS (Cape Breton South):

May I ask the Minister of Justice whether the recent arrests of pickets at the Chrysler plant in Windsor, on the ground, as reported in the press, that they were illegally in a protected place, were made with the knowledge, consent or approval of the government?

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LIB

Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Right Hon. ERNEST LAPOINTE (Minister of Justice):

I do not know anything about it. The administration of justice, even under the defence of Canada regulations, is under provincial jurisdictibn.

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LIB

Norman Alexander McLarty (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. N. A. McLARTY (Minister of Labour):

My information is that the arrests were made by local and provincial police, under the instructions not of the dominion government but of the attorney general of Ontario.

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CCF

Angus MacInnis

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

Mr. MacINNIS:

Is it the opinion of the government that the application of an order declaring that certain premises are protected areas may have the effect of stopping picketing or other trade union activities in such areas?

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LIB

Norman Alexander McLarty (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. McLARTY:

Mr. Speaker, realizing

that this was a most important question I have asked for the opinion of the Department of Justice as to how far the application of the defence of Canada regulations may preclude picketing in general-not as related

to the particular situation in Windsor, because there are certain facts there which complicate matters.

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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. COLDWELL:

What is the application of regulation 27, if it does not give protection to the men?

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LIB

Norman Alexander McLarty (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. McLARTY:

I have not had notice of the question, but I should think the answer would be covered in the opinion to be received from the Department of Justice.

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LIB

Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE (Quebec East):

I suggest that if this matter is before the courts it will be interpreted by them.

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NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

But that should not preclude discussion here.

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LIB

Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE (Quebec East):

No; I know that. But I suggest I should not be asked for lgeal opinion respecting incidents which have been submitted to the courts.

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NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

That is right.

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LIB

Georges Parent (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

May I point out that some of the questions which are being asked might better be placed on the order paper. There should not be discussion across the floor of the house on a question asked on the orders of the day. I suggest that when an hon. member asks for a legal opinion from a minister he ought to have an opportunity of considering the matter before giving an answer.

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LEGATIONS

PROPOSED APPOINTMENT OF MINISTERS PLENIPOTENTIARY TO ARGENTINA AND BRAZIL


On the orders of the day:


NAT

Howard Charles Green

National Government

Mr. H. C. GREEN (Vancouver South):

I should like to direct the attention of the Prime Minister to a Canadian Press dispatch from Buenos Aires, appearing in the Ottawa Citizen this morning, in which it is reported that the British ambassador to Argentina has notified the foreign minister of that country of Canada's decision to instal diplomatic representation, with the rank of a legation, in Argentina. May I ask the Prime Minister whether or not this report is accurate, and whether he would be willing to amplify it; also to let us know whether or not it is the intention to send ambassadors to any other countries in South America and, if so, to which ones.

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November 14, 1940