February 2, 1942

LABOUR CONDITIONS

SHIPBUILDING-BASIC RATES IN ONTARIO AND QUEBEC PLANTS


On the order for motions:


LIB

Norman Alexander McLarty (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. N. A. McLARTY (Secretary of State):

I should like to lay upon the table copy of order in council, P.C. 629. I may state that

this is the order in council requested by the hon. member for Vancouver East (Mr. Maclnnis) on Friday afternoon. It deals with the basic wage rates in shipbuilding plants in Ontario and Quebec. ,

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   SHIPBUILDING-BASIC RATES IN ONTARIO AND QUEBEC PLANTS
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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

AMENDMENT TO PROVIDE FOR COOPERATION IN MATTERS OF HEALTH AND HEALTH INSURANCE


Hon. H. A. BRUCE (Parkdale) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 7, to amend the Unemployment Insurance Act, 1940. He said: This is a reintroduction of a bill which was not reached last session. The purpose of this bill is to provide that the Unemployment Insurance Commission created* by the Unemployment Insurance Act, 1940, shall cooperate with other authorities in the dominion or provinces for the purpose of collecting information concerning any plan for providing medical care or compensation in cases of ill health. These provisions were found in the Employment and Social Insurance Act, chapter 38 of the statutes of 1935. This act, having been declared to be ultra vires by majority of the supreme court, and subsequently by a judgment of the privy council delivered January 28, 1937, was repealed in 1940 by section 103 of chapter 44 of the statutes of that year, being the Unemployment Insurance Act, 1940. The competency of parliament to legislate in regard to unemployment insurance has been now settled by the amendment to the British North America Act of 1940. It is highly desirable to reintroduce these health provisions into our dominion law.


LIB

Jean-François Pouliot

Liberal

Mr. POULIOT:

This is a waste of time.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO PROVIDE FOR COOPERATION IN MATTERS OF HEALTH AND HEALTH INSURANCE
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NAT

Karl Kenneth Homuth

National Government

Mr. HOMUTH:

Not as much as you have wasted.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO PROVIDE FOR COOPERATION IN MATTERS OF HEALTH AND HEALTH INSURANCE
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DIVORCE

AMENDMENT OF ACT OF 1930 JURISDICTION OF COURTS IN PROVINCE OF MARRIED WOMAN'S DOMICILE


Mr. GEORGE BLACK (Yukon) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 8, to amend the Divorce Jurisdiction Act, 1930. He said: This bill was passed by the senate at the last session and given its first reading in this house, but because government business was given precedence all through the session, public bills were not reached. I may say that I discussed this bill with the late Minister of Justice before introducing it. We went over Questions it carefully and he agreed that it was necessary and wise legislation. Therefore I introduce it again. Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.


QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk).


RECOGNITION OF SOVIET UNION

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Mr. COLD WELL:

1. What decision has the government reached regarding the recognition of our present ally the U.S.S.R.?

2. If recognition has been decided upon, will the government exchange representatives with the Soviet Union?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   RECOGNITION OF SOVIET UNION
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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:

My hon. friend has been advised as to the reasons which make it desirable to let this question stand for the moment.

Question stands.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   RECOGNITION OF SOVIET UNION
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NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

The Prime Minister has stated that he has communicated to the hon. member who asked this question the reasons why it was not being answered at the moment. Is there any reason why the house should not also be given the reasons now? This is a matter of considerable public importance.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   RECOGNITION OF SOVIET UNION
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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 am sure my hon. friend will realize that there may be public reasons why it is inadvisable to answer a particular question at one time rather than another. There were reasons why it was thought inadvisable that this question should be answered at this moment, and those reasons were communicated to-day by the Undersecretary of State for External Affairs to the hon. member who has asked the question. The Under-Secretary having communicated those reasons to the hon. member for Rosetown-Biggar (Mr. Coldwell), and the hon. member having agreed that they were sufficient reasons for not answering the question at this time and being quite satisfied that it should stand for the reasons given, I think that ought to have sufficed. I do not mind telling my hon. friend what the reasons are. The government has undertaken negotiations in this matter and at the present time we are awaiting word from the Russian ambassador in London who unfortunately I understand has not, because of illness, been in a position up to the present time to send the desired information. I think it would have been as well if I had not had to make that explanation. I would ask my hon. friend and other hon. members of the house, at this time of very

delicate relations between different parts of the world, that the government be allowed to reserve its answers to certain questions where it may be assumed it is in the public interest to reserve them without its good faith in the matter being open to question.

Question stands.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   RECOGNITION OF SOVIET UNION
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February 2, 1942