July 8, 1942

LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

There may be some special reason why my hon. friend feels that the discussion of this report should proceed before discussion on such important matters as the budget and the amendment to the National Resources Mobilization Act are finished. When the report was tabled I intimated to the house that those two matters would be disposed of before the Hong Kong

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Labour Conditions

matter would come before the house for discussion. I cannot see that any interest, either Canadian, imperial or international, wiir be adversely affected by what to that extent there may be in the way of delay.

Topic:   HONG KONG COMMISSION
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Thomas Miller Bell

Mr. COLD WELL:

I am not suggesting that these other important matters should be delayed, but I do want to be assured that some opportunity will be afforded by the government, which arranges the business of the house, for a discussion of this matter before the house adjourns.

Topic:   HONG KONG COMMISSION
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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 have given that assurance to the house on at least two or three occasions, and I referred to it again this afternoon. If my hon. friend cannot accept my word, I am afraid there is nothing else I can do or say.

Topic:   HONG KONG COMMISSION
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NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

On division.

Topic:   HONG KONG COMMISSION
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LABOUR CONDITIONS

NOVA SCOTIA COAL MINING AREAS-BANKING OF COAL, AND CREDIT ARRANGEMENTS


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 make an inquiry of the Minister of Labour, arising out of press reports, particularly in Nova Scotia papers, to the effect that certain credit and banking arrangements in connection with coal have been made by the government in order to relieve the acute situation that exists in Nova Scotia. In view of the fact that this matter has been discussed in the house on several occasions, I should like to know if the minister is in position to make a statement as to just what arrangements have been made.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   NOVA SCOTIA COAL MINING AREAS-BANKING OF COAL, AND CREDIT ARRANGEMENTS
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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. HUMPHREY MITCHELL (Minister of Labour):

I have stated previously in the house that the reason for this condition is a lack of transportation of a particular kind. It is hoped that an early improvement will result because of efforts that have been made to make greater use of the railways. A plan is now being studied to provide additional transportation by rail. I assure my hon. friend and the house that the several departments of the government having to do with this problem are leaving nothing undone that might bring about a solution.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   NOVA SCOTIA COAL MINING AREAS-BANKING OF COAL, AND CREDIT ARRANGEMENTS
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NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Hon. R. B. HANSON (Leader of the Opposition):

I understand that there are facilities for the banking of 500,000 tons of

coal which will be urgently needed this year, and that the cost of banking and loading would be about $1 per ton. It is in the national interest that this should be done. Why is it not being done? Why are these miners being allowed to work only one or two days a week? The situation down there calls for immediate attention. These measures are open to the government at any time and could be put into effect by the stroke of a pen.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   NOVA SCOTIA COAL MINING AREAS-BANKING OF COAL, AND CREDIT ARRANGEMENTS
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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. MITCHELL:

I will be frank and say that I have no knowledge of what my hon. friend says, but I shall be glad to look into that aspect of the question.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   NOVA SCOTIA COAL MINING AREAS-BANKING OF COAL, AND CREDIT ARRANGEMENTS
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CCF

Clarence Gillis

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

Mr. GILLIS:

I realize the government is doing everything possible in connection with the marketing problem. According to reports I have seen, certain subsidies have been granted in connection with the banking of coal, and credit arrangements have been made for the customers who might purchase coal ahead of time. The minister should place on the record exactly what these arrangements are.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   NOVA SCOTIA COAL MINING AREAS-BANKING OF COAL, AND CREDIT ARRANGEMENTS
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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. MITCHELL:

I think we all understand what is the real difficulty in Nova Scotia. It is brought about by conditions over which neither I nor anybody else has any control. As I said before, the suggestion made by the leader of the opposition will be looked into. Hon. members may rest assured that the government are just as much interested in the miners of Nova Scotia as any hon. member of this house. I want to state that quite clearly.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   NOVA SCOTIA COAL MINING AREAS-BANKING OF COAL, AND CREDIT ARRANGEMENTS
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CANADIAN NAVY

QUESTION AS TO COOPERATION WITH FREE FRENCH FLEET ON ATLANTIC COAST


On the orders of the day:


NAT

Thomas Langton Church

National Government

Mr. T. L. CHURCH (Broadview):

I should -like to ask the Minister of National Defence for Naval Services (Mr. Macdonald) what cooperation or active help is being given by the Canadian navy to the free French fleet which is helping our allies guard the St. Lawrence and the Atlantic and the islands off Newfoundland?

Topic:   CANADIAN NAVY
Subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO COOPERATION WITH FREE FRENCH FLEET ON ATLANTIC COAST
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LIB

Georges Parent (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

That question should be placed upon the order paper.

Topic:   CANADIAN NAVY
Subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO COOPERATION WITH FREE FRENCH FLEET ON ATLANTIC COAST
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July 8, 1942