March 2, 1944

DOMINION-PROVINCIAL FARM LABOUR AGREEMENTS -LABOUR TRANSFERS

LIB

Joseph-Adéodat Blanchette (Chief Government Whip's assistant; Deputy Whip of the Liberal Party)

Liberal

Mr. BLANCHETTE:

In the detailed arrangements developed for the large scale transfers of farm labour organized under the dominion-provincial farm labour programme, were any provisions included for, (a) the dominion and the province concerned paying medical and hospital expenses incidental to sickness or accident suffered by an individual as a direct result of his participation in the labour transfer; (b) refunding a portion of the railway fares of men who, having failed, to obtain transportation warrants which would have enabled them to travel largely at government expense, paid their own way, and later made application to be reimbursed?

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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. MARTIN:

(a) In the dominion-provincial farm labour agreements a provision was included for defraying the costs by equal IMr. Martin.]

contributions of the province concerned and the dominion of medical and hospital expenses incidental to accidents suffered by workers specially recruited for employment on farms.

The provision was to apply to workers not normally employed in agriculture and where the accidents occurred as a direct result of their farm employment or while travelling to or from such employment.

This provision is being extended to pay the costs of medical and hospital expenses for certain cases of accidents or sickness incurred by men who participated in the organized farm labour excursions, even though such men were normally employed in agriculture. Such accidents or sickness must have occurred while the men were engaged in farm employment for which the labour transfer was organized, or while in transit to or from the place of employment. All cases were fully investigated by the province before recommending that the expenses should be paid. Requests for payments of medical or hospital expenses were made by the individuals concerned to the government of the province where they were employed.

(b) A number of applications for refunds have been received from men who claimed to have participated in an organized labour transfer, but paid their own transportation expenses when, through some misunderstanding or other reason, they failed to secure transportation warrants. Each application was considered on its own merit.

Wherever the circumstances showed a genuine misunderstanding of the procedure to secure a transportation' warrant or other reasonable explanation, arrangements are being made for refunds to be paid. A few cases have been refused which showed an obvious disregard of the procedure or regulations governing the labour transfer.

Topic:   DOMINION-PROVINCIAL FARM LABOUR AGREEMENTS -LABOUR TRANSFERS
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MOBILIZATION ACT-FARM WORKERS

LIB

Charles Albert Henderson

Liberal

Mr. HENDERSON:

When farm workers apply for postponement of military training, what is done by the mobilization boards to satisfy themselves that such men are or are not essential to agriculture?

Topic:   MOBILIZATION ACT-FARM WORKERS
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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. MARTIN:

Questionnaire forms are sent to the man in order to ascertain his essentiality to agriculture. The registrar also uses the services of the provincial agricultural representatives and R.C.M.P. He also requests the advice of the representative of agriculture attached to the mobilization board.

Questions

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FARM WORKERS IN ESSENTIAL INDUSTRIES

LIB

Daniel (Dan) McIvor

Liberal

Mr. McIVOR:

In the recruiting campaign organized last fall to encourage farm workers to accept winter employment in other essential industries, what was done, (a) to. prevent men leaving live stock and dairy farms where they were needed during the winter; (b) to ensure that all farm workers would return to agriculture in time for spring work?

Topic:   FARM WORKERS IN ESSENTIAL INDUSTRIES
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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. MARTIN:

(a) In the campaign conducted last fall to encourage farm workers who could leave the farms for the winter, to accept employment in other essential industries specific steps were taken to see that only those left who could be spared. This recruiting was carried out in cooperation with provincial agricultural fieldmen and local committees. Local employment and selective service offices were asked to clear with these provincial people as to whether farm workers for whom permits were being requested could be spared from their farms, before issuing these permits to work outside of agriculture.

We recognize that this procedure did not prevent some from leaving agriculture who should have remained, but during the past winter hundreds of farm workers who would like to have left the farms for the winter, were prevented because it was learned that they were needed on the farms the year round.

(b) All permits issued to farm workers recruited in the campaign were marked to expire April 1. It was agreed with the provinces that this date might be extended for those farm workers from areas where spring work might be backward owing to weather conditions. Regional superintendents have now been sent general instructions regarding the development of procedure in their respective regions for a systematic cancelling of these permits when men are needed back in agriculture. They have been asked to consult with provincial agricultural authorities as to the dates when men should be back in specific areas. Action will then be taken to cancel the permits of farm workers so that they will be released from their temporary employment to return to the farms on those dates. Definite instructions are being issued to local employment offices for a rigorous checking to see that farm workers are released on the dates when permits are cancelled. Provincial government representatives are being asked to advise when men return to agriculture in the areas from which they were recruited. This will act as a double check on men getting back to the farms.

Topic:   FARM WORKERS IN ESSENTIAL INDUSTRIES
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PENSIONS AND NATIONAL HEALTH-WELFARE BRANCH, QUEBEC PROVINCE

BPC

Mr. GAUTHIER:

Bloc populaire canadien

1. Since the 1st of November, 1941, how many persons have been appointed to the_ welfare branch of the Department of Pensions and National Health, in the province of Quebec to aid in the civil reestablishment of soldiers?

2. What are their names, place of residence and occupation?

3. Have they served, (a) in the war of 1914 to 1918; (b) in the present war?

Topic:   PENSIONS AND NATIONAL HEALTH-WELFARE BRANCH, QUEBEC PROVINCE
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LIB

Mr. MACKENZIE (Vancouver Centre): (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Liberal

1. Fifteen.

2 and 3:

Name-Address-Occupation-War Service Desjardins, L. H., 1010 St. James W., Montreal, Que., Veterans' Welfare Officer, grade 3, 1914-1918.

Bell, H. M., 205 Gohier, Montreal, Que., Veterans' Welfare Officer, grade 3, 1914-1918.

Bourgault, J. A., St. Louis de Bonsecours, Que., Veterans' Welfare Officer, grade 2, 19141918.

Brown, J., 3469 Hutchinson, Montreal, Que., Clerk, grade 4, 1914-1918 and present war.

Driscoll, W- S., 3564 Hutchinson, Montreal, Que., Clerk, grade 3, 1914-1918.

Verdon, R., 21 Dufferin, Granby, Que., Clerk, grade 3, present war.

Bourque, R. L. J., 2 St. Marguerite Rd., Montreal, Que., Clerk, grade 2, present war.

Haig, D., Philipsburg, Que., Clerk, grade 2, present war.

Klein, Miss E., 5214 Hutchinson, Montreal, Que., Stenographer, grade 2.

Moquin, Miss H., 3464 St. Denis, Montreal, Que., Typist, grade 2.

Lebeau, Mrs. J. A., 7651 Lasalle Blvd., Lasalle, Que., Typist, grade 2.

Poirier, Miss G., 3298 Verdun Ave., Verdun, Que., Stenographer, grade 2.

Ferland, L., 12407 Notre Dame des Anges, Cartierville, Que., Veterans' Welfare Officer, grade 1, 1914-1918.

Guay, Miss R., 99 Bourlamaque, Quebec, Que., Stenographer, grade 2.

Piegay, Miss J., 44 Marguerite Bourgeois Ave., Quebec, Que., Stenographer, grade 2.

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* ROSARIO MESSIER

LIB

Mr. LECLERC:

Liberal

1. Is Mr. Rosario Messier an employee of the dominion government in Ottawa?

2. If so, what are his duties?

Mr. McLARTY;

1. No.

2. Answered by No. 1.

Questions as Orders for Returns

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QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS

NAVAL SERVICES-OFFICERS

CCF

Mr. GILLIS:

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

1. What is the present total number of permanent force naval officers in the Canadian navy?

2. What is the present total number of permanent force naval officers in the Canadian navy of the rank or lieutenant or over?

3. What percentage of the latter (2) have gone to sea in the present war for a period of six months or more?

4. What is the present total number of reserve naval officers in the Canadian navy of the rank of lieutenant or over?

5. What percentage of such officers have gone to sea in the present war for a period of six months or more?

6. What percentage of the total permanent naval officers have been decorated or cited?

7. What percentage of the total reserve officers have been decorated or cited?

8. Why is the outward distinction between permanent and reserve naval officers preserved?

9. What proportion of the total enlisted navy personnel are regularly at sea?

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   NAVAL SERVICES-OFFICERS
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. MACDONALD (Kingston. City):

Return tabled.

POSTER "coal FIGHTS FOR CANADA"

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   NAVAL SERVICES-OFFICERS
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PC

Mr. BENCE:

Progressive Conservative

1. How many copies of the poster "Coal Fights for Canada", issued by the Department of Labour, have been printed?

2. How many of such posters have been distributed?

3. What is the size of such poster?

4. How many photographs were used in the making up of such posters?

5. What was the total cost incurred in the preparation of the said poster?

6. What is the purpose of such poster?

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   NAVAL SERVICES-OFFICERS
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DOMESTIC FUEL-IMPORTS AND SUBSIDIES

March 2, 1944