April 21, 1943

WAR REFUGEES

QUESTION AS TO CANADIAN REPRESENTATION AT BERMUDA CONFERENCE

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 April 16 the hon. member for Temiscouata (Mr. Pouliot) directed a question to the Minister

of Mines and' Resources (Mr. Crerar) concerning Canada's position, with relation to a conference at Bermuda respecting refugees. At the time the minister said I would give an answer later.

I would direct the attention of the hon. member to an answer I gave to the leader of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation, on April 5'. On that occasion I said:

The government of Canada was not asked to take part in these discussions, which are solely between the United Kingdom and the United States authorities. As stated on March 29, the government of Canada have asked, however, to be kept informed of the progress of the discussions, and are fully prepared to aid in seeking a cooperative solution to the problem.

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Subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO CANADIAN REPRESENTATION AT BERMUDA CONFERENCE
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LABOUR CONDITIONS

CLOSING OF OVERHAUL PLANT OF CANADIAN PACIFIC AIR LINES-REST PERIOD


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Angus MacInnis

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

Mr. ANGUS MacINNIS (Vancouver East):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Munitions and Supply. I am in receipt of a telegram from the business agent of Aircraft lodge,, international association of . machinists, Vancouver, informing me that R. P. Bell, director general of aircraft production, had ordered the overhaul plant of the Canadian Pacific Air Lines at New Westminster to close because of a dispute over rest periods in the plant. Has the minister been informed of this situation, and has he a statement to make?

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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

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

I believe it was the day before yesterday my department received advice that the employees of the Boeing plant at Vancouver were insisting on a fifteen-minute rest period in each shift. The men gave as their reason the fact that the Canadian Pacific Air Lines overhaul plant at New Westminster were giving a ten-minute rest period in each shift. Those shifts are eight hours long. It has never been the policy in any part of Canada to allow a rest period in an eight-hour shift. As soon as we were advised of the situation at New Westminster we wired out to have the practice stopped. The reply to that on the part of the men was to stage a fifteenr-minute sit-down. As a result, I instructed Mr. Bell to close the plant until we can have an understanding that we can have eight hours work for eight hours' pay. That is the, policy of the department, and it will be applied wherever the eight-hour shift is the practice.

Oil Production

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Thomas Miller Bell

Mr. COLD WELL:

Was that period allowed by agreement between .the company and the men, or was it taken, by the men?

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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

Mr. HOWE:

I rather think it was by arrangement, in the early stages; but our department was not advised. My hon. friend will understand that if the .practice of allowing a fifteen-minute rest period in an. eight-hour shift is established, every eight-hour shift in the country will demand1 the same right. We have allowed them, in ten-hour shifts, but not in shifts of eight hours, and it is not the intention to do so.

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CCF

Clarence Gillis

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

Mr. CLARENCE GILLIS (Cape Breton South):

I should like to get the matter clear in my mind. Is the eight-hour day to which the minister refers a continuous eight-hour shift, without a break for lunch?

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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

Mr. HOWE:

No.

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CCF

Clarence Gillis

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

Mr. GILLIS:

That was what I wanted to have made clear.

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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

Mr. HOWE:

It is an eight-hour day with the usual lunch period. I cannot say what that is, but there is no dispute about the lunch period. This was a break in the afternoon when the men could leave the plant to smoke. It completely disorganized the work; it is not the practice in any plant in Canada, and it is not a practice that the Department of Munitions and Supply will countenance.

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NAT

John Ritchie MacNicol

National Government

Mr. MacNICOL:

Does the minister mean any plant in Canada, or any plant under government control?

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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

Mr. HOWE:

Any plant in Canada.

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NAT

John Ritchie MacNicol

National Government

Mr. MacNICOL:

I know of several plants which give fifteen minutes in the forenoon and fifteen minutes in the afternoon.

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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

Mr. HOWE:

Those plants are not working an eight-hour shift; they are working longer hours. There are plants working ten-hour shifts; for a ten-hour shift I think the break is quite justified.

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PRODUCTION ON ATHABASKA RIVER-ASPHALT FOR ALASKA HIGHWAV


On the orders of the day:


April 21, 1943