May 13, 1943

MILITARY SERVICE-SYPHILIS

NAT

Mr. FRASER (Peterborough West):

National Government

1. How many men and women, upon being medically examined for the army, navy, or air force, were found to have syphilis?

2. Were rejects with syphilis treated for this disease?

3. If so, how many were treated?

4. How many were allowed to return to civilian life?

Topic:   MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY-GENERAL PURCHASING BRANCH CEILING PRICES
Subtopic:   MILITARY SERVICE-SYPHILIS
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RECLAIMING OF USED MOTOR OIL


Mr. FRASER (Peterborough West); 1. Has any department or agency of the government made any investigations into any process for the reclaiming of used motor oil by filtration or similar method? 2. If so, what were the results of such investigations ? 3. Has any department or agency of the government purchased any machinery to be used in the reclaiming of oil? 4. If so, what number of units of such machinery have been purchased? 5. What percentage of the total amount of oil used by the government can be reclaimed by the use of such machinery? 6. Has the government under contemplation the purchase of additional machinery for this purpose? 7. To what use, if any, is used oil, which has not been filtered or otherwise reclaimed, put?


LEGAL SERVICES-GERALD FAUTEUX, K.C., AND HON. PHILIPPE BRAIS, K.C.

NAT

Mr. DESMOND:

National Government

1. What is the total amount of money paid by all departments of the federal government for

legal services to Mr. Gerald Fauteux, K.C., crown prosecutor in the judicial district of Montreal, from January, 1939, to May 1, 1943?

2. What is the total amount of money paid by all departments of the federal government for legal services to the Honourable Philippe Brais, K.C., of the city of Montreal, or to any firm of which he is a member, from January, 1939, to May 1, 1943?

Topic:   MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY-GENERAL PURCHASING BRANCH CEILING PRICES
Subtopic:   LEGAL SERVICES-GERALD FAUTEUX, K.C., AND HON. PHILIPPE BRAIS, K.C.
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RIGHT HON. WINSTON CHURCHILL PARTICIPATION OF CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER IN WASHINGTON CONFERENCE


On the orders of the day:


NAT

Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GORDON GRAYDON (Leader of the Opposition):

I should like to ask the Prime Minister a question arising out of the answer he gave last evening with respect to his visit to Washington early next week. Is it the intention that any other members of the cabinet will accompany him on that occasion?

Topic:   MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY-GENERAL PURCHASING BRANCH CEILING PRICES
Subtopic:   RIGHT HON. WINSTON CHURCHILL PARTICIPATION OF CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER IN WASHINGTON CONFERENCE
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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):

I am not in a position to say at the moment.

Topic:   MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY-GENERAL PURCHASING BRANCH CEILING PRICES
Subtopic:   RIGHT HON. WINSTON CHURCHILL PARTICIPATION OF CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER IN WASHINGTON CONFERENCE
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LABOUR CONDITIONS


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. M. J. COLDWELL (Rosetown-Biggar):

I wish to ask the Minister of Labour a question, notice of which I gave him yesterday. I have a telegram from the president and secretary of the labour organization in the Collins and Aikman plant at Farnham, Quebec, informing me that employees walked out yesterday because of the refusal of the management to comply with the decision of the regional war board made on January 20, 1943. Can the minister tell the house what has been done?

Topic:   MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY-GENERAL PURCHASING BRANCH CEILING PRICES
Subtopic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   COLLINS AND AIKMAN PLANT AT FARNHAM, QUE.
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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. HUMPHREY MITCHELL (Minister of Labour):

I have received a similar telegram and I believe the statements embodied in it are substantially correct. That was the first information received in the department with regard to any dispute. A senior conciliation officer, Mr. Trepanier, of Montreal, was immediately assigned to investigate the dispute in an endeavour to bring the parties together. I was informed this morning, however, that the Minister of Labour for the province of Quebec has telegraphed to the company to comply with the order of the regional board.

Topic:   MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY-GENERAL PURCHASING BRANCH CEILING PRICES
Subtopic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   COLLINS AND AIKMAN PLANT AT FARNHAM, QUE.
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JOHN INGLIS PLANT, TORONTO-CHANGES IN PRODUCTION REQUIREMENTS AND SCHEDULES -TRANSFER OF LABOUR


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Joseph William Noseworthy

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

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

Will the Minister of Labour make a statement

Labour Conditions

to the house regarding the proposed lay-off of men. at the John Inglis Toronto plant? According to my information from the trade union officials it involves about three thousand men.

Topic:   MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY-GENERAL PURCHASING BRANCH CEILING PRICES
Subtopic:   JOHN INGLIS PLANT, TORONTO-CHANGES IN PRODUCTION REQUIREMENTS AND SCHEDULES -TRANSFER OF LABOUR
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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

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

I know the circumstances.

There have been, two or three suggestions in the house with regard to lay-offs in the John Inglis plant, but so far as I am aware no man has been laid off there up to this date. So far as I know, there is no immediate proposal to lay off men. However, we are facing a situation which all hon. members should understand. The war has reached the point where we have' now filled the initial requirements for certain types of equipment. We have provided all the initial requirements of the troops plus the required number of spares. Future requirements will depend on usage. Once capital requirements are filled, usage requirements are smaller. We are now revising our programme with that in mind. There are other phases that must be considered, one being that the war has passed from the defensive to the offensive stage, so that certain defensive weapons such as anti-aircraft guns are not now needed to the extent that they were some time ago. We are also directing the course of the war instead of permitting the enemy to do so. It is no longer necessary to put supplies of arms into countries that are likely to be attacked. We can now concentrate our supplies as the offensive strategy of Britain and her allies directs. AH these considerations have caused changes in the production requirements and production schedules of the allied countries. We are revising our scheduler Items that are likely to be affected are all types of army guns, from small arms up to the largest calibre guns, including anti-aircraft guns and many types of artillery ammunition. I think that is the general range of items that will be curtailed. In the course of time the schedule calls for making considerably fewer Bren guns than are being made now, and there will be a reduction accordingly, in the staff of the Bren gun plant, arising from the fact that the present rate of output of guns from that plant is no longer required.

As regards closing, there is nothing definite about it. When the men will be laid off is a matter that is indefinite, but I would point out that there is a very serious over-all shortage of man-power in war industry to-day. I know of very few plants that have the number of men required to permit them to. obtain the desired output. What will happen will

be a transfer of labour from plants making less urgently required equipment to plants making equipment for which there is greater urgency. I sincerely hope that I shall not have to answer a question in the house every time men are changed from one plant to another. I am stating the whole programme to-day and there is nothing more that I can add to it. Transfers will be effected by selective service and they will be rather frequent over the course of the next three or four months.

Topic:   MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY-GENERAL PURCHASING BRANCH CEILING PRICES
Subtopic:   JOHN INGLIS PLANT, TORONTO-CHANGES IN PRODUCTION REQUIREMENTS AND SCHEDULES -TRANSFER OF LABOUR
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NAT

Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GRAYDON:

With regard to the proposed lay-off in the John Inglis plant-

Topic:   MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY-GENERAL PURCHASING BRANCH CEILING PRICES
Subtopic:   JOHN INGLIS PLANT, TORONTO-CHANGES IN PRODUCTION REQUIREMENTS AND SCHEDULES -TRANSFER OF LABOUR
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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

Mr. HOWE:

There is no proposed lay-off

in the John Inglis plant.

Topic:   MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY-GENERAL PURCHASING BRANCH CEILING PRICES
Subtopic:   JOHN INGLIS PLANT, TORONTO-CHANGES IN PRODUCTION REQUIREMENTS AND SCHEDULES -TRANSFER OF LABOUR
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May 13, 1943