March 24, 1944


RATIONING-USE FOR PRESERVING PURPOSES On the orders of the day:


LIB

James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Hon. J. L. RALSTON (Acting Minister of Finance):

May I make an answer to the hon. member for Parkdale (Mr. Bruce), who in a question he asked yesterday inquired whether consideration would be given to the immediate removal of restrictions on the purchase of maple syrup and maple sugar.

The answer is that when rationing became necessary for preserves and sweeteners because of greatly increased demands and definite shortages of some items such as canned fruits, it was necessary that the general pool of sweeteners be dealt with as a whole and that each consumer be given an equal claim upon it. It would have been discrimination in favour of consumers of maple syrup if they had been able to purchase their maple syrup [DOT]without coupons and still have all their coupons to purchase other sweeteners or the alternative of sugar. In dealing with rationed commodities it is the policy of the wartime prices and trade board to treat all parts of Canada equally and to avoid discrimination in favour of any particular section or group of consumers. Accordingly as at present advised it is not the intention to remove maple syrup or maple sugar from the preserves ration.

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NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson

National Government

Hon. R. B. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

If I am in order, I should like to address a question to the minister in connection with the statement he has just made. It is represented to me from my constituency, which is a substantial producer of maple sugar products, that the rationing has had the effect of reducing production because people are not willing to give up their sugar coupons for maple sugar. I should like to have that situation investigated. I may say that I took it up with the wartime prices and trade board and they tried to laugh me out of court, but I cannot be laughed out of court so easily.

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HOSPITALS

NUMBERS OF PATIENTS, 1939-42


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. HUMPHREY MITCHELL (Minister of Labour):

Yesterday the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Graydon) asked me if I could give figures of the number of patients in the hospital institutions of this country. I have broken down the statement into four divisions: public hospitals; mental hospitals; private hospitals; tubercular sanatoria. The figures are for the years 1939, 1940, 1941 and 1942, and are as follow:

1939 1940 1941 1942Public hospitals

885,819 985,897 1,057,553 1,116,602Mental hospitals

56,657 56,823 58.341 59,943Private hospitals

36,766 42,479 47,361 48,225Tubercular sanatoria

19,425 21,002 21,847 21,997The figures for 1943 are not available yet, It will be noted that the increase in the and those I have given do not include three years from 1939 was: for public hospitals,dominion government hospitals. 230,783, or 27 per cent; for mental institutions,

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3,286; or slightly under 6 per cent; for private hospitals, 11,459, or 31 per cent; and for tubercular sanatoria 2,572 or about 13 per cent.

With regard to days' stay, the average for the public hospitals is 12-2 days, but owing to more scientifc care of patients and generally improved accommodation this average is showing a gradual drop. The averages for the other hospitals are: mental, 5 to 6 years; private, 16-6 days; tubercular, 226 days.

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Subtopic:   NUMBERS OF PATIENTS, 1939-42
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NAT

Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GRAYDON:

That explains the increase in personnel.

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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. MITCHELL:

That is what I tried to point out to my hon. friend.

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Subtopic:   NUMBERS OF PATIENTS, 1939-42
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NAT

Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GRAYDON:

Of course you did not do anything of the kind.

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Subtopic:   NUMBERS OF PATIENTS, 1939-42
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LABOUR CONDITIONS

CLARK RUSE AIRCRAFT, DARTMOUTH, N.S.


On the orders of the day:


PC

Agar Rodney Adamson

Progressive Conservative

Mr. A. R. ADAMSON (York West):

I wish to direct a question to the Minister of Labour, notice of which I sent him. The question arises from a telegram received from the secretary of Local 129 of the United Automobile Workers, C.I.O., which states that trained aircraft workers are being laid off at Clark Ruse Aircraft Limited, Dartmouth, N.S., and that the operations of the local selective service officials are extremely inefficient; further, that inadequate provision is being made for the proper reemployment of skilled workers who are being given unskilled work. The question I would like to ask the minister is this: Are aircraft workers being laid off at Clark Ruse Aircraft Limited? If so, how many, and further, what steps are being made to reemploy these skilled workers at their specialized trade?

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   CLARK RUSE AIRCRAFT, DARTMOUTH, N.S.
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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order.

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Subtopic:   CLARK RUSE AIRCRAFT, DARTMOUTH, N.S.
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PC

Agar Rodney Adamson

Progressive Conservative

Mr. ADAMSON:

Secondly, would it be possible, if the operation in question is closing down, to send these men to plants in Ontario where a shortage of skilled labour currently exists?

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   CLARK RUSE AIRCRAFT, DARTMOUTH, N.S.
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LIB

Thomas Vien (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order. The question is one that should be placed on the order paper.

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Subtopic:   CLARK RUSE AIRCRAFT, DARTMOUTH, N.S.
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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. MITCHELL:

I am not taking the hon. gentleman's word that the selective service is inefficient in this particular case.

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Subtopic:   CLARK RUSE AIRCRAFT, DARTMOUTH, N.S.
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NAT

Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GRAYDON:

The question asked by the hon. member for York West remains unanswered by the Minister of Labour. I was rising to ask the minister why it is not answered.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   CLARK RUSE AIRCRAFT, DARTMOUTH, N.S.
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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order.

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Subtopic:   CLARK RUSE AIRCRAFT, DARTMOUTH, N.S.
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March 24, 1944