June 14, 1943

ST. JAMES-WINNIPEG AIRPORT COMMISSION- STEVENSON FIELD-RAILWAY EXTENSION

CCF

Stanley Howard Knowles

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

Mr. KNOWLES:

For a copy of all representations made to the government by the St. James-Winnipeg airport commission, as indicated in sessional paper No. 382, of June 8, 1943; also for a copy of all replies made by the government, or any department or branch thereof, to the above representations; also for a copy of all communications, documents and memoranda in the possession of the government, or any department or branch thereof, relating to the question of rerouting the Souris branch of the Canadian Pacific Railway in order to permit a northward extension of Stevenson field, at Winnipeg.

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LIB

James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. RALSTON:

Mr. Speaker, if this order is passed I should like it understood that it is subject to reservation as to documents in the nature of confidential reports made by departmental officers to the heads of branches.

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MILITARY SERVICE-POSTPONEMENTS FOR FARMERS

IND

Joseph Sasseville Roy

Independent

Mr. ROY (for Mr. Dorion):

For a copy of all correspondence, telegrams, and other documents, dated during the twelvemonth period to June 10, 1943, in possession of the government, regarding the postponement from military service of those engaged in the farm industry.

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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. MITCHELL:

In connection with this motion I would point out that there are thousands upon thousands of letters involved, and that it means going into all the different departments looking for letters Which in any way deal with the subject matter referred to. It would be almost a physical impossibility to complete this return, and I suggest that it be dropped from the order paper.

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LIB

Thomas Vien (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

The hon. member is not in his seat; shall we say it stands?

Motion stands.

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MILITARY SERVICE-PERMANENT LEAVE FOR FARMERS

IND

Joseph Sasseville Roy

Independent

Mr. ROY:

For a copy of all correspondence, telegrams, memoranda, and other documents exchanged, from June 21, 1940, to the present date, between the premier of the province of Quebec, and the ministers of the federal government, asking for the permanent leave of farmers, farmers' sons and farm employees from army service.

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LABOUR CONDITIONS

MOVEMENT OF FARM WORKERS FROM THE PRAIRIES TO ONTARIO


On the orders of the day:


NAT

Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GORDON GRAYDON (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, will the Minister of Labour kindly amplify his statement made last night with respect to the proposed movement of 1,000 farm workers from the prairies to Ontario for temporary farm wTork this summer, and explain particularly why such workers will be obliged to bear any part of their transportation costs?

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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. HUMPHREY MITCHELL (Minister of Labour):

Mr. Speaker; owing to the

advance in farm work in Saskatchewan it has been possible to make an arrangement whereby workers will be brought east to [DOT] Ontario to help out during an urgent period. They will be assigned to farms mainly in central and southwestern Ontario.

To begin with the movement will be of about 500 men and the maximum transfer will be 1,000 men. The dominion government will pay transportation costs easterly but will require workers to pay a small amount of the return trip westerly.

It is expected these western men will stay in Ontario about two months, but certainly they will be back on the prairies in time for the western harvest. No man will be recruited in the west whose absence would interfere with farm production there. I hope we shall have completed arrangements for this transfer of farm labour within the next ten days as the help is needed in Ontario now.

W. W. Dawson, supervisor of farm labour requirements for Saskatchewan and director of the dominion-provincial farm labour programme for that province, has advised

Labour Conditions

that because of the good work of "win the war" municipal committees there actually will be men to spare from Saskatchewan farms from now until harvest time. On May 28 he wrote a report to one of my officials, and I quote this paragraph:

You will certainly hear from us if we get stuck for help, but in the meantime I think it is safe to say that we have the farm labour problem under control in the province, and it is my expectation that within te,n days we will have more men than we know what to do with.

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NAT

Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GRAYDON:

In the slack season?

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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. MITCHELL:

Yes, that is obvious.

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Thomas Miller Bell

Mr. COLD WELL:

Who says that?

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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. MITCHELL:

Dawson. I read that passage because it has a western tinge to it.

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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. COLDWELL:

I do not know what it means.

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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. MITCHELL:

I will say it is the way practical people deal with a practical problem. Put it that way.

It is for this reason that we are seeking men from Saskatchewan. On Saturday afternoon an official of the labour department called the minister of agriculture of Manitoba by telephone in order to advise him of the plan for bringing some men east from Saskatchewan. The Minister of Agriculture was out of the city but the whole matter was placed before the deputy minister of agriculture, Mr. J. H. Evans. Mr. Evans said that the matter would be fully discussed at a special meeting of the dominion-provincial committee on farm labour to see what possibility there might be to participate in the plan so far as Manitoba is concerned. This meeting will be held to-morrow morning, June 15, and Mr. Evans will advise us immediately as to the conclusions of that meeting.

The deputy minister of agriculture for Alberta, Mr. O. 8. Longman, who is also chairman of the dominion-provincial committee on farm labour, has been advised of the plan. Because of the distance of Alberta from Ontario no specific request has been made for sending Alberta farmers east. It was however pointed out to Mr. Longman that word has been received from British Columbia of a very serious shortage of help to put up hay in the interior. If there were some men from Alberta who might be spared for five or six weeks between now and harvest time, Mr. Longman was asked to consider the possibility of organizing some movement into this area of British Columbia.

With reference to the particular point raised by the leader of the opposition (Mr.

Graydon) we decided to require part payment of transportation costs in order to ensure the bona fides -of the men wishing to come east. Our experience in the past has been that when free transportation is offered there are some who simply go along for the trip and make themselves scarce on arrival. The requirement that part of the transportation be paid is an undertaking each man will sign before he leaves for the east. It is not expected that in each case the charge will be more than five dollars.

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June 14, 1943