February 25, 1943

LABOUR CONDITIONS

GOVERNMENT PROGRAMME RESPECTING SHORTAGE OF FARM LABOUR


On the orders of the day:


NAT

Lewis Elston Cardiff

National Government

Mr. L. E. CARDIFF (Huron North):

I should like to ask a question of the Minister of Labour, of which I have given notice. When does he expect to be in a position to make an announcement on government policy respecting a programme designed to meet the shortage of farm labour throughout Canada? In the course of the next few weeks spring seeding will commence, and agricultural sections of Canada should be informed as soon as possible as to the government's programme for providing necessary farm help.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   GOVERNMENT PROGRAMME RESPECTING SHORTAGE OF FARM LABOUR
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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. HUMPHREY MITCHELL (Minister of Labour):

An announcement will be made at an appropriate time.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   GOVERNMENT PROGRAMME RESPECTING SHORTAGE OF FARM LABOUR
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NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

Well, that is hardly good enough.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   GOVERNMENT PROGRAMME RESPECTING SHORTAGE OF FARM LABOUR
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ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY

REFERENCE TO STATEMENT OF NAVAL OFFICER AS TO ENEMY SUBMARINE OPERATIONS


On the orders of the day:


NAT

Grote Stirling

National Government

Hon. GROTE STIRLING (Yale):

Mr. Speaker, may I ask the Minister of National Defence for Naval Services whether the statement made by Rear-Admiral Brodeur at Quebec a few days ago was made with his consent and, if not, whether it represents the opinion of the government?

Hon. ANGUS L. MACDONALD (Minister of National Defence for Naval Services): As to the first question, the statement attributed to Rear-Admiral Brodeur in the newspapers yesterday afternoon was not made with my knowledge or consent. I believe the second question is answered by the answer I have already given.

The statement purports to represent the opinion of that officer, although he qualifies it somewhat by saying it may be, or it is possible, that the Germans might have a certain number of submarines. However until I have a more definite record of what the rear-admiral did say, I should like to refrain from any further comment upon it.

Topic:   ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY
Subtopic:   REFERENCE TO STATEMENT OF NAVAL OFFICER AS TO ENEMY SUBMARINE OPERATIONS
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NAT

Thomas Langton Church

National Government

Mr. T. L. CHURCH (Broadview):

In view of Mr. Churchill's statement in the House of Commons that the number of sinkings should not be given out, why should an officer stationed at Washington interfere?

Libel and Slander

I would ask for a board of inquiry in connection with this matter. There should be an admiralty board; the rear-admiral should be dismissed from the service and not sent back to Washington. It is the most mischievous statement ever made and invites invasion. They never had five hundred submarines in the Atlantic at any time.

Topic:   ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY
Subtopic:   REFERENCE TO STATEMENT OF NAVAL OFFICER AS TO ENEMY SUBMARINE OPERATIONS
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LIB

Angus Lewis Macdonald (Minister of National Defence for Naval Services)

Liberal

Mr. MACDONALD (Kingston City):

Perhaps I should say a word on that point. The gentleman in question is a rear-admiral of the Royal Canadian Navy, and the fact that he happens to be stationed at Washington at the moment does not take away from his standing as an officer of the Royal Canadian Navy.

As to the making of statements respecting numbers I would point out that numbers of enemy ships have been conjectured from time to time by men in Great Britain, in Canada and in the United States, some of whom were and others were not in the services. I should prefer that such conjectures be not made. But, as I say, until I see what the rear-admiral really did say, from his own notes, I believe I should refrain from any further comment.

Topic:   ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY
Subtopic:   REFERENCE TO STATEMENT OF NAVAL OFFICER AS TO ENEMY SUBMARINE OPERATIONS
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NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

Does not the minister think he should make a statement in regard to that?

Topic:   ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY
Subtopic:   REFERENCE TO STATEMENT OF NAVAL OFFICER AS TO ENEMY SUBMARINE OPERATIONS
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NAT

Thomas Langton Church

National Government

Mr. CHURCH:

The minister told me, I think it was a year ago yesterday, that there were no submarines lurking around St. Pierre and Miquelon or the St. Lawrence.

Topic:   ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY
Subtopic:   REFERENCE TO STATEMENT OF NAVAL OFFICER AS TO ENEMY SUBMARINE OPERATIONS
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TRANSPORTATION

RESTRICTIONS ON TRAVEL BY RAIL-APPLICATION TO ARMED FORCES


On the orders of the day:


NAT

George Stanley White

National Government

Mr. G. S. WHITE (Hastings-Peterborough):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of National Defence (Mr. Ralston), and as he is not here perhaps it can stand as a notice. It refers to an article in the Ottawa Citizen of yesterday which states that restrictions on travel by rail are to be continued. One paragraph reads:

However, a military representative said that there was a probability that rail travel for soldiers, sailors and airmen except those on compassionate or embarkation leave would be definitely curtailed.

The present temporary restriction has caused many complaints among members of the armed forces and I should like to know if the correct interpretation of this order is that the only leave that will be granted to members of the armed forces will be on compassionate grounds or embarkation leave.

(Mr. Church.]

Topic:   TRANSPORTATION
Subtopic:   RESTRICTIONS ON TRAVEL BY RAIL-APPLICATION TO ARMED FORCES
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LIB

Charles Gavan Power (Associate Minister of National Defence; Minister of National Defence for Air; Minister of National Defence for Air and Associate Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Hon. C. G. POWER (Associate Minister of National Defence):

I shall draw the hon. member's question to the attention of the Minister of National Defence.

Topic:   TRANSPORTATION
Subtopic:   RESTRICTIONS ON TRAVEL BY RAIL-APPLICATION TO ARMED FORCES
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LIBEL AND SLANDER

February 25, 1943