May 19, 1942


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. HUMPHREY MITCHELL (Minister of Labour):

The hon. member for Waterloo South (Mr. Homuth) asked a question yesterday with respect to the employment of young men of seventeen years of age. The answer is that there is nothing in the selective service regulations that prevents a seventeen year old boy from getting work in any non-restricted industry, even without a permit. To enter a restricted occupation he has to get a permit, but permits are granted almost automatically to enter restricted occupations if war work is not available. There is nothing in the regulations, or in the application of the regulations as far as we know, which would keep a seventeen year old boy out of work. If hon. members will bring specific cases to our attention we will undertake to deal with them. Or if they can provide us with specific information as to any selective service officer not carrying out these principles, we shall be glad to investigate.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   EMPLOYMENT OF YOUTHS OF SEVENTEEN IN WAR INDUSTRIES
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NAT

Karl Kenneth Homuth

National Government

Mr. HOMUTH:

Do I understand the minister to say that they must have a permit to work in a restricted industry?

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   EMPLOYMENT OF YOUTHS OF SEVENTEEN IN WAR INDUSTRIES
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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. MITCHELL:

Yes.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   EMPLOYMENT OF YOUTHS OF SEVENTEEN IN WAR INDUSTRIES
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NAT

Karl Kenneth Homuth

National Government

Mr. HOMUTH:

From whom do they get the permits?

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   EMPLOYMENT OF YOUTHS OF SEVENTEEN IN WAR INDUSTRIES
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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. MITCHELL:

They get them from the selective service officers. There is one in the hon. member's district.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   EMPLOYMENT OF YOUTHS OF SEVENTEEN IN WAR INDUSTRIES
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VICHY REPRESENTATION

REQUEST FOR STATEMENT AS TO RELATIONS WITH OCCUPIED FRANCE


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

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

The Prime Minister said he hoped to be able to make a statement regarding our relationship with occupied France. Is he prepared to make such a statement now, or may we expect it within a few days?

Topic:   VICHY REPRESENTATION
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR STATEMENT AS TO RELATIONS WITH OCCUPIED FRANCE
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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):

I might say to my hon. friend and hon. members of the house, first of all that a minister is not accredited to any government; he is accredited to the country to which he goes. In considering the position of the French minister in Canada and the position of Canada's representative to France, who at the present time is the charge d'affaires of our legation, that circumstance of necessity has had to receive a great deal of

very careful consideration. We have had to consider as to whether it would be wise to give to the people of France, 95 per cent of whom I believe are thoroughly opposed to the present administration in France, the impression that this country had found it necessary to sever its relations with France by reason of a particular government being in office there at the moment, which government may be out of office to-morrow or a little later. That is a matter which I am sure my hon. friend and other hon. members will see should be most carefully considered.

The government have had the benefit of an exchange of views with the governments of the United Kingdom and of the United States. We have had here in consultation with the war committee of the cabinet Mr. Dupuy, who has been and is at the present time charge d'affaires of our legation to France, and Mr. McCarthy, the Canadian minister at Washington, who has had the benefit of sharing in discussions at Washington bearing on the matter. Considering all points of view very carefully the government have thought it inadvisable at the present time to make any immediate change.

There are reasons in addition to those that I have given to the house in this way that are all-important, but which it would be inadvisable to disclose. But I have given a reason which I think hon. members will realize is one of very great significance, particularly where it is most desirable to sustain in every way possible the morale of the French people, as distinguished from any mark of approval of a particular government.

In saying what I have said I should like to emphasize with respect to the present government at Vichy that no one in this country so far as I am aware has other than the strongest of feelings against the present administration in France.

Topic:   VICHY REPRESENTATION
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR STATEMENT AS TO RELATIONS WITH OCCUPIED FRANCE
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SHIPPING

REPORT AS TO ESTABLISHMENT OF FURTHER SHIPYARD FACILITIES IN NOVA SCOTIA


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 arising out of an item in the Halifax Herald of May 14, in which Premier MacMillan of Nova Scotia makes the announcement-I shall not read it all because it is quite lengthy-that he had been in conference in Montreal with Mr. H. R. MacMillan, head of Wartime Merchant Shipping Limited, and that Mr. H. R. MacMillan had intimated to him that there was a possi-

War Appropriation-Supplies

bility of the establishment of another shipyard in the province of Nova Scotia. Since that item appeared in the press I have received many letters inquiring where the yard would be located. Has the minister any knowledge of this matter, and is it the prerogative of Mr. H. R. MacMillan to make announcements of this kind on behalf of the department?

Topic:   SHIPPING
Subtopic:   REPORT AS TO ESTABLISHMENT OF FURTHER SHIPYARD FACILITIES IN NOVA SCOTIA
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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Transport; Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

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

I have no knowledge whatever of the conversation referred to. I think I am the one who is entitled to make announcements for the department, and I have not authorized anyone else to do so.

Topic:   SHIPPING
Subtopic:   REPORT AS TO ESTABLISHMENT OF FURTHER SHIPYARD FACILITIES IN NOVA SCOTIA
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WAR APPROPRIATION BILL

PROVISION FOR GRANTING TO HIS MAJESTY AID FOR NATIONAL DEFENCE AND SECURITY


The house resumed from Monday, May 18, consideration in committee of a resolution to provide sums not exceeding $2,000,000,000 for the year ending March 31, 1943, for granting to his majesty aid for national defence and security-Mr. Ilsley-Mr. Fournier (Hull) in the chair.


MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY

May 19, 1942