November 14, 1941

RESTRICTION OP DELIVERIES TO SERVICE STATIONS SUSPENDED


On the orders of the day.


LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

Hon. C. D. HOWE (Minister of Munitions and Supply):

Mr. Speaker, I desire to make a short statement. In my statement of November 7 to the committee I pointed out that the present system of controlling gasoline consumption by cutting deliveries to service stations, while effective from the viewpoint of reducing gasoline consumption, is not satisfactory either to the service stations or to the public. The system places the problem of rationing supplies on the shoulders of the service stations, and rationing to the public may or may not be equitable, depending on the policy adopted by the service station operator. At the same time I stated that a system of coupon rationing will be introduced as soon as necessary preparation for so doing can be completed.

The situation has been reviewed in the light of present stocks of gasoline, prospects of future deliveries, and lower gasoline consumption through voluntary conservation, and account has been taken of the fact that winter weather is in itself effective as a control on use of gasoline for pleasure driving. Fortunately, there has been no recent change for the worse in the prospect of transportation facilities, on which our supply situation depends.

Taking all these factors into account, it has been decided that regulations restricting

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deliveries of gasoline to service stations will be suspended, pending introduction of the coupon system of rationing. The restricted hours of sale will continue as now in force.

The present situation still demands conservation. In my recent statement I pointed out that our refinery inventory position as of October 1, 1941, is 1,422,721 barrels less than at October 1 of last year. I also pointed out that the transportation facilities necessary to meet our requirements are short 3-5 ocean tankers of 100,000 barrels capacity each, after giving effect to the savings accruing from the Portland-Montreal pipeline. It is in view of the reduction in the normal demand for gasoline for private motor cars during the winter months, and my confidence in the willingness of the public to continue to cooperate, that the decision to eliminate quota restrictions has been arrived at. The lifting of the quota restrictions is directed toward saving public inconvenience, embarrassment to station operators, and inequalities that undoubtedly arise from the rough and ready system of curtailment that was improvised in an emergency, both in Canada and in the United States.

I make the strongest possible appeal to the public to continue voluntary conservation of gasoline during the winter months. I urge that no step that has been taken in the direction of voluntary curtailment be retraced, on account of action now being announced.

Topic:   RESTRICTION OP DELIVERIES TO SERVICE STATIONS SUSPENDED
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HIGHWAY ACCIDENTS

REQUEST FOR SURVEY AND WIDENING OF POWERS OF TRANSIT CONTROLLER


On the orders of the day:


NAT

Thomas Langton Church

National Government

Mr. T. L. CHURCH (Broadview):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Munitions and Supply arising out of the eighty-two deaths from automobile accidents which occurred in the city of Toronto this year. The minister now has a federal transit officer in Toronto making a study of the transportation system of that city. In view of the great loss of life from this cause throughout Canada will the Minister of Munitions and Supply study the question of widening the powers of the federal transit officer, so that when parliament meets in January we may have a survey made and a report given to the high court of parliament on that great scandal in Canada? Will the minister study the matter along these lines and give a reply?

Topic:   HIGHWAY ACCIDENTS
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR SURVEY AND WIDENING OF POWERS OF TRANSIT CONTROLLER
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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

Mr. HOWE:

I shall be glad to look into that.

TMr. Howe.]

Topic:   HIGHWAY ACCIDENTS
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR SURVEY AND WIDENING OF POWERS OF TRANSIT CONTROLLER
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PRIVILEGE-MR. BERTRAND REFERENCE TO USE IN BROADCAST ADDRESS OF DOCUMENT IN HANDS OF INTELLIGENCE SERVICE


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Ernest Bertrand

Liberal

Mr. ERNEST BERTRAND (Laurier):

Mr. Speaker, I rise to a question of privilege. The hon. member for Macleod (Mr. Hansell) made a statement in the house, and has asked questions respecting a document that I read in a radio speech made by me some time this summer, and I believe the hon. member's statement reflects on my character. Had I been in the house when the hon. member spoke I would have answered him immediately.

The reference was to a document I used in two broadcast speeches on the network of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation last summer. I had known about this alleged secret document long before it was ever discussed in the committee on the defence of Canada regulations. As a matter of fact, as a member of that committee I asked repeatedly that the officers of the Department of Justice read the document to the committee, because I thought it was important that they should know about it. After it was read to the committee I asked permission to speak about the document on the radio, and I obtained it from an officer of the Department of Justice. My addresses before they were given on the air w'ere sent to the mounted police, received their approval and were then returned to me. So that I did not commit any breach of secrecy or anything of the kind. After I had given the addresses, all the daily newspapers in Montreal and in the province of Quebec spoke very favourably about them, and asked that more of these documents be given to the people so that they would understand why the regulations are so strict.

I do not feel that I have committed any breach of secrecy in the matter, and I take this opportunity of making that clear to the house.

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LABOUR CONDITIONS

LAY-OFF OF EMPLOYEES OF ALLIED BRASS COMPANY, MONTREAL


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Angus MacInnis

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

Mr. ANGUS MacINNIS (Vancouver East):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Munitions and Supply. I am informed that twenty-six men, employees of the Allied Brass company, in Montreal, have been laid off because of lack of work. I am informed that the Allied Brass company is a government-owned plant operated on a

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managerial fee basis by the Canada Wire and Cable company of Montreal. It manufactures brass caps for shells. Can the minister tell the house the reason for this lay-off? Is it because of a shortage of materials, or because it is considered that we have all the shell caps that are needed?

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Subtopic:   LAY-OFF OF EMPLOYEES OF ALLIED BRASS COMPANY, MONTREAL
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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

Hon. C. D. HOWE (Minister of Munitions and Supply):

I can assure my hon. friend it is not due to any lack of material or lack of orders; but I have no knowledge of the matter in question. I shall be glad to make inquiries, and possibly give, later in the day, the information my hon. friend requires.

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Subtopic:   LAY-OFF OF EMPLOYEES OF ALLIED BRASS COMPANY, MONTREAL
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INTERNMENTS

PETITION OP CERTAIN PERSONS INTERNED IN HULL, QUE.


On the orders of the day: Mrs. DORISE W. NIELSEN (North Battleford): Mr. Speaker, I believe it is in order at this time to place a petition before hon. members of the house. So far as I have been able to ascertain the petition is quite in order, under standing order 68. It begins with the usual superscription to "The honourable the House of Commons in parliament assembled," and then goes on in the usual manner, stating that the "petition of the undersigned humbly sheweth," and so on. The subject matter is set out in several paragraphs, as is usual with petitions, and it concludes with the formal prayer. In this instance the petitioners are citizens of Canada now interned in the gaol in the city of Hull, Quebec. It is signed by seventy-eight men. The material allegations contained in the petition are briefly these: That these antifascists have been interned for, some of them, as long as seventeen months. First they were interned with anti-fascist prisoners of war, and since August 20, 1941, in the gaol in the city of Hull, Quebec. They have sent sworn affidavits to the Prime Minister and the Minister of Justice.


LIB

Georges Parent (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

I am afraid the hon. member is not permitted to read the text of the petition. She may present it, however, as briefly as possible.

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Subtopic:   PETITION OP CERTAIN PERSONS INTERNED IN HULL, QUE.
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November 14, 1941