July 25, 1942

NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

There is no difficulty so far as production is concerned; it is a question of the price ceiling.

Topic:   DIFFICULTY IN SECURING CONTAINERS
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LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. GARDINER:

There is a difficulty in connection with production too. The proper material to make the kind of cheese boxes we have been using is not available.

Topic:   DIFFICULTY IN SECURING CONTAINERS
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NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

It is a matter of price ceiling.

Topic:   DIFFICULTY IN SECURING CONTAINERS
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ACCOUNTANTS AND AUDITORS

QUESTION OP STATUS IN RELATION TO CIVILIAN OCCUPATIONS OR SERVICE IN ARMED FORCES


On the orders of the day:


CON

Norman James Macdonald Lockhart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. N. J. M. LOCKHART (Lincoln):

A few days ago I referred to the Minister of National War Services the question of competition in connection with auditors and accountants. I have a further communication this morning asking if some definite direction could be given. Is there any possibility that these men will be taken out of civil life and away from the important work they have been doing in connection with the preparation of intricate audits for smaller corporations in the vicinity? Would the Minister of National War Services suggest that their services are urgently needed? If so, very many of them would be glad to divert their energies to the assistance of the government, if it is indicated by the minister that there is such a need for this type of man.

Topic:   ACCOUNTANTS AND AUDITORS
Subtopic:   QUESTION OP STATUS IN RELATION TO CIVILIAN OCCUPATIONS OR SERVICE IN ARMED FORCES
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LIB

Joseph Thorarinn Thorson (Minister of National War Services)

Liberal

Hon. J. T. THORSON (Minister of National War Services):

I indicated to my hon. friend that chartered accountants had been listed under section 15 of the national

war services regulations. That means that they are regarded as essential to the efficient prosecution of the war. The attention of administrative boards therefore is directed to the desirability of considering any application for postponement which may be made by any individual chartered accountant. Further than that I do not think I can go.

Topic:   ACCOUNTANTS AND AUDITORS
Subtopic:   QUESTION OP STATUS IN RELATION TO CIVILIAN OCCUPATIONS OR SERVICE IN ARMED FORCES
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TOURIST TRAFFIC

ASSISTANCE IN RESPECT OF LOSSES SUSTAINED THROUGH DECREASE OF TRAFFIC


On the orders of the day:


CON

Norman James Macdonald Lockhart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. N. J. M. LOCKHART (Lincoln):

I should like to make a further inquiry of the government, although I am not sure to which minister it should be directed. I refer to a dispatch dated at Washington, July 22, indicating that negotiations are proceeding and that a bill has been introduced in congress with a view to assistance in financing the great losses sustained by persons who have been affected by lack of tourist business. I shall be pleased to send the clipping to the appropriate minister. Has any general discussion taken place between the two governments on the question of assisting those who have suffered great loss in this way?

Topic:   TOURIST TRAFFIC
Subtopic:   ASSISTANCE IN RESPECT OF LOSSES SUSTAINED THROUGH DECREASE OF TRAFFIC
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LIB

Joseph Thorarinn Thorson (Minister of National War Services)

Liberal

Hon. J. T. THORSON (Minister of National War Services):

I am not aware of any such negotiations.

Topic:   TOURIST TRAFFIC
Subtopic:   ASSISTANCE IN RESPECT OF LOSSES SUSTAINED THROUGH DECREASE OF TRAFFIC
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LABOUR CONDITIONS

DISMISSAL OF EMPLOYEE UPON HIS ENLISTMENT IN ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Joseph William Noseworthy

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

Mr. J. W. NOSEWORTHY (York South):

I should like to ask a question of the Minister of Justice. I have received a complaint from a young man who enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force, and was given three weeks ' time in which to report for duty. According to the information I have he was immediately dismissed by his employer. I understand that is an illegal procedure. I should like to learn from the Minister of Justice, whose responsibility it is to check on that type of violation of the law, if it is the responsibility of the young man, or does a government department make a check?

Hon. L. S. ST. LAURENT (Minister of Justice): There is not a sufficiently concrete case stated by the hon. member to enable me to give an answer. If the hon. member will submit the exact facts so that they can be ascertained and verified, I shall be glad to have the law officers of the department examine into the question and give my hon. friend their findings.

Forces-Reinstatement in Employment

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   DISMISSAL OF EMPLOYEE UPON HIS ENLISTMENT IN ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE
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NAT

Thomas Langton Church

National Government

Mr. T. L. CHURCH (Broadview):

I should like to ask the Attorney General (Mr. St. Laurent) if it is not a rule of the house that the Minister of Justice shall not give legal opinions in the house? That has been the rule since confederation, and it is what the predecessor of the minister told me last session, when I raised the matter and he said I was right.

Mr. ST. LAURENT: I shall not attempt to give offhand any legal opinions to hon. members of the house. I understood that the hon. member had a case in mind which involved the responsibility of some department of government and I felt it was not sufficiently precise to enable me to express an opinion. I stated that I would be glad to consider such a concrete case as the hon. member might bring up and if the responsibility of any department of government was involved, I would refer it to the law officers for their opinion.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   DISMISSAL OF EMPLOYEE UPON HIS ENLISTMENT IN ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE
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LIB

Georges Parent (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

I call the attention of the house to the fact that most of the questions asked to-day should really have been placed upon the order paper, but in view of the statement made by the leader of the opposition (Mr. Hanson), that we were nearing the close of the session, I think the sense of the house would be that some latitude should be allowed in connection with questions asked at this time. For that reason I allowed them to be asked this morning, but I hope that this will not be taken as a precedent.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   DISMISSAL OF EMPLOYEE UPON HIS ENLISTMENT IN ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE
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CANADIAN FORCES

July 25, 1942