April 30, 1942

LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. J. L. ILSLEY (Minister of Finance):

Mr. Speaker, yesterday the hon. member sent me notice of the question he has just asked. It is an important one, and raises a question with respect to additional moneys which will have to be appropriated to carry on operations under the Dominion Housing Act. That matter

v Labour Conditions

is not yet definitely settled, but I believe I shall be able to make a statement in regard to it within about a week.

The remainder of the hon. member's question relates to the department headed by my colleague the Minister of Munitions and Supply (Mr. Howe), under whose jurisdiction Wartime Housing Limited operates. I do not believe he has had notice of the question. It may be that he would like to look at it and, if he so desires, he could make a statement later.

Topic:   HOUSING
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO OPERATIONS UNDER EXISTING ACTS
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POSSIBILITT OP REVIVAL OF HOME IMPROVEMENT PLAN

CON

Norman James Macdonald Lockhart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LOCKHART:

As the Minister of

Finance in his annual review will no doubt be making a statement on the housing situation, would he give consideration to commenting on the possibility of reestablishing some form of home improvement plan to help relieve certain aspects of the housing situation?

Topic:   POSSIBILITT OP REVIVAL OF HOME IMPROVEMENT PLAN
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LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. ILSLEY:

Yes, I will give consideration to that matter and make a statement with regard to -it as well.

Topic:   POSSIBILITT OP REVIVAL OF HOME IMPROVEMENT PLAN
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LABOUR CONDITIONS

CURTAILMENT OP SHIFTS AT TRENTON SHELL PLANT


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Clarence Gillis

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

Mr. CLARENCE GILLIS (Cape Breton South):

I should like to ask a question of

the Minister of Munitions and Supply, of which I sent the minister notice on Tuesday. This matter arises out of a telegram which I have received from the secretary of the steel workers union in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. It states that work at the shell plant in Trenton was being curtailed to two shifts of eight hours a day each, because one company finishing shell forgings had cut down on its order. Can the minister explain why a plant working on shell forging parts should curtail its orders at this time?

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   CURTAILMENT OP SHIFTS AT TRENTON SHELL PLANT
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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

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

I have a report from my

office on the subject matter of that wire and my advice is that this plant has always worked two shifts a day, that it was organized on that basis. Our total requirements of forgings of the size in question are 20,000 a month. These are being provided currently and have been right along on the basis of two shifts. This production of 20,000 forgings a month takes care of all our requirements for finished shells.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   CURTAILMENT OP SHIFTS AT TRENTON SHELL PLANT
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STRIKE OF EMPLOYEES OF BANQUE CANADIENNE NATIONALE IN MONTREAL


On the orders of the day.


CCF

Angus MacInnis

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

Mr. ANGUS MacINNIS (Vancouver East):

I have just been informed by telephone from Montreal that the employees of the Banque Canadienne Nationale have gone on strike this morning. The immediate cause of the strike is the refusal of the management to negotiate with the representatives of the employees, and of the regional war labour board to set a date to hear their grievance. I should like to ask the Minister of Labour if his office is aware of the situation and if he will see that the rights of these employees under the special legislation are properly looked after.

Topic:   STRIKE OF EMPLOYEES OF BANQUE CANADIENNE NATIONALE IN MONTREAL
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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. HUMPHREY MITCHELL (Minister of Labour):

I have knowledge of the strike at this particular bank. On the 2Sth of this month Mr. Pat Conroy of the Canadian Congress of Labour stated that they were having some difficulty in negotiating with the bank. Through the agency of the conciliation staff of the Department of Labour a meeting was arranged. I understand that this was the first time they had sat down with the management of that institution, but unfortunately no agreement could be arrived at. I say "unfortunately" because of this day and age. I would point out that while this matter does not fall primarily within the jurisdiction of the federal government, we felt that if we could be of any assistance in conciliating this dispute we would be ready to give it. With regard to the other question raised by my hon. friend, I shall be glad to bring it to the attention of the Quebec regional board.

Topic:   STRIKE OF EMPLOYEES OF BANQUE CANADIENNE NATIONALE IN MONTREAL
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ALLEGED INTIMIDATION OP UNION WORKERS BY MOUNTED POLICE


On the orders of the day: Hon. L. S. St. LAURENT (Minister of Justice): Mr. Speaker, on the 23rd of April the hon. member for Vancouver East (Mr. Maclnnis) asked a question arising out of complaints he had received from one Allan C. Wright, Canadian Congress of Labour organizer at Vancouver, alleging intimidation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in connection with the examination of his registration card, and also in connection with the conduct of one security officer in the plant of the Dominion Bridge company. I stated at the time that I would have an investigation made and give the result of the investigation as soon as it was available.



Tax Concessions-Metals An investigation has been conducted and has established that Allan C. Wright's registration card was examined by members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police at the request of the divisional registrar, Department of National War Services, Vancouver, as a routine check-up. Mr. Wright was not intimidated, no other matter was discussed, and he did not offer any objections. In connection with the allegation that employees of the Dominion Bridge company, Vancouver, have been intimidated by a plant security officer and questioned regarding union membership, an investigation established that this complaint has no foundation in fact. No restrictions have been placed on any employees at the plant of the Dominion Bridge company, and access to the plant has not been denied to any accredited trade union organizer. Furthermore, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have no connection with this matter. If the hon. member wishes to have full details of the investigation I have made I shall be very glad to communicate them to him.


FOOD AND DRUGS ACT

"JOHN DE KUYPER"


' On the orders of the day. Mr. JEAN-FRANCOIS POULIOT (Temis-couata): Return No. 303D of June 5, 1941, states that it is not permissible at any time to call de Kuyper's gin, a gin. I was greatly surprised to see an advertisement in the Montreal Standard of April 25 describing this concoction as gin. I ask the minister if he will be kind enough to submit this matter to his colleague, the Minister of Justice (Mr. St. Laurent), for a legal opinion at the earliest possible opportunity. Hon. IAN A. MACKENZIE (Minister of Pensions and National Health): My attention has not been drawn to the publicity referred to by the hon. member, but I shall act immediately on his suggestion.


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April 30, 1942