March 29, 1943

SC

Ernest George Hansell

Social Credit

Mr. HANSELL:

For a copy of all letters, communications and other documents in possession of the department, in respect to the sale or disposal of any and all materials, property, machinery, equipment or anything else whatsoever, arising from the building or salvage in connection .with the flying instructors' school at Vulcan, Alberta, together with a statement showing, (a) the names of all persons, companies or corporations offering to buy such materials, property and so forth, with prices offered; (b) the names of all persons, companies or corporations to whom such materials and property were sold, with the prices paid; (e) the names of all contractors and sub-contractors, stating the nature of the work done by each.

Topic:   VULCAN, ALTA., FLYING INSTRUCTORS' SCHOOL
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LIB

James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. RALSTON:

I should like this passed subject to the usual reservation with respect to communications with and from departmental officers and staff.

Topic:   VULCAN, ALTA., FLYING INSTRUCTORS' SCHOOL
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INTERNATIONAL CURRENCY

DISCUSSIONS OF FINANCIAL PROBLEMS IN LONDON -POST-WAR CURRENCY AND EXCHANGE QUESTIONS


On the orders of the day:


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):

Mr. Speaker, on March 25 the hon. member for Lethbridge (Mr. Black-more) asked a question concerning the status of international discussions on post-war currency and exchange questions. I now wish to give the formal reply I promised I would give him.

I have been asked a similar question on two previous occasions during this session. In the interval, nothing has occurred which would require any change in the replies I gave on those occasions. I stated previously that- Informal discussions on post-war economic and financial questions have taken place from time to time between Canadian officials and experts from the United Kingdom and the United States, and these discussions will doubtless continue.

Post-war currency, and exchange questions are among matters that have been under discussion. The high commissioner in London,

Right Hon. Anthony Eden

Canadian officials in Washington, and experts from Canadian government departments have participated in these discussions.

I must emphasize again that these discussions are purely informal and exploratory. Their purpose is to bring about an exchange of information and a consideration of problems of mutual interest by experts and officials of the governments of the united nations. Nothing in the nature of a formal conference has been held, and no inter-governmental negotiations have been entered into or are likely to be entered into in the near future. Nothing has occurred which could be construed as in any way binding the Canadian or any other government.

Topic:   INTERNATIONAL CURRENCY
Subtopic:   DISCUSSIONS OF FINANCIAL PROBLEMS IN LONDON -POST-WAR CURRENCY AND EXCHANGE QUESTIONS
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LABOUR CONDITIONS

MONTREAL TRAMWAYS STRIKE


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 Labour. Will he inform the house if the transportation tie-up in Montreal has been brought to his attention and, if so, what steps he has taken to restore this essential war service to that community?

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   MONTREAL TRAMWAYS STRIKE
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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. HUMPHREY MITCHELL (Minister of Labour):

Before the transportation

tie-up occurred in Montreal I endeavoured to compose the differences between the parties. It was only yesterday that the Department of Labour knew the dispute existed. It is one of those disputes known to us as jurisdictional disputes, which are very difficult to settle. These are disputes where one organization already holds an agreement, and another organization is trying to get it away from the first one. I think there is less justification for that strike in Montreal than for any other strike that has occurred since the war broke out. I sometimes wonder when people "go on the street," as we put it in the labour movement, under such conditions as they have done in Montreal, whether they ever think of those youngsters in Tunisia and the men on the sea and under the sea, and what would happen if they acted in the same way.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   MONTREAL TRAMWAYS STRIKE
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NAT

John Ritchie MacNicol

National Government

Mr. MacNICOL:

And in the air.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   MONTREAL TRAMWAYS STRIKE
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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. MITCHELL:

And in the air. This House of Commons could not exist. My friend can rest assured that so far as I am concerned everything that can be done will be done to get these men back to work so that normal work m Montreal can go on.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   MONTREAL TRAMWAYS STRIKE
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RIGHT HON. ANTHONY EDEN VISIT TO OTTAWA OP THE BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY


On the orders of the day.


NAT

Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GORDON GRAYDON (Leader of the Opposition) :

On Friday afternoon when the Fume Minister was unavoidably absent from the house I asked the acting leader of the house for a statement with respect to the plans for the visit of the Right Hon. Anthony Eden. Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs for Great Britain, who will be in Ottawa this week. I understood from the Minister of National Defence (Mr. Ralston), who was at that time leading the house, that perhaps the Prime Minister would have a statement for the House of Commons this afternoon. If lie has, would this be an appropriate time to make it?

Topic:   RIGHT HON. ANTHONY EDEN VISIT TO OTTAWA OP THE BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY
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Thomas Hay

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

I am happy to be able to sa\ that Mr. Eden expects to arrive in Ottawa some time to-morrow afternoon. On Wednesday morning Mr. Eden will be meeting with the war committee of the cabinet, and on Wednesday afternoon will be having conferences with myself and other members of the government. On Wednesday evening the government will be entertaining him On Thursday morning or Friday morning, I am not quite sure which, Mr. Eden will be having a conference with the press. On the afternoon ot Thursday he will address members of this House of Commons and hon. members of the Senate, both houses of parliament.

I am also pleased to be able to say that Mr. Eden has indicated his readiness to make a broadcast some time during the evening of Thursday; I am not in a position at the moment to announce the hour. It will be a brief address, broadcast, however, over the whole of Canada. Mr. Eden plans- to leave on Friday.

W ith respect to the proceedings in the house on the afternoon that the Secretary of State lor Foreign Affairs will address parliament, the government proposes to follow the same course as was followed when the Right Hon. Air Menzies, Prime Minister of Australia addressed hon. members. We shall meet at the regular hour and when we reach the orders of the day, after words of greeting have been extended to Mr. Eden, there will be a motion foi the house to adjourn the proceedings to permit, of Mr. Eden speaking to hon. members from the floor of the house. After the adjournment the house will reconvene and continue with its regular business.

Customs Tariff

Members of the Senate will be accommodated in their gallery and also on the floor of the house in such seats as may not be occupied by hon. members. Special arrangements are being made for the accommodation of members of the diplomatic services and for the wives and members of the families of hon. members of both houses and for a limited number of officials. It is important, I think, that care should be taken that the public galleries are not closed completely; there may be reservations up to a certain point, but the house will be in session except for the period of adjournment, and the galleries should be kept open. Special accommodation will be arranged for additional members of the press who may be here.

Topic:   RIGHT HON. ANTHONY EDEN VISIT TO OTTAWA OP THE BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY
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CUSTOMS TARIFF

EXPLANATION AS TO PAYMENT OF DUTY ON PAMPHLETS FROM BRITISH MINISTRY OF INFORMATION


On the orders of the day:


March 29, 1943