April 21, 1944

STATUS OP CLAIMS BY CANADIANS AGAINST UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

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):

Topic:   INTERNATIONAL LAW
Subtopic:   STATUS OP CLAIMS BY CANADIANS AGAINST UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AGENCIES
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HOUSING

EVICTIONS ON MAY 1 NEXT


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, I have an inquiry to direct to the Prime Minister. On Monday last I directed an inquiry to the parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Finance with respect to the acute rental and housing situation in Canada, to which I received the answer that he had nothing further to add to the previous statement he had made to the house on March 27. I would not raise the question again were it not for the extreme urgency surrounding it. Cases of hardship appear to be multiplying, and in some instances they involve the wives and families of our fighting men overseas. Because of the acute situation which has arisen, and in view of the fact that more than one department is involved, I am asking the Prime Minister if he will indicate what steps the administration is taking to meet this problem.

Before he answers may I say that the hon. member for Broadview (Mr. Church) only a few moments ago brought to my attention a more detailed suggestion with respect to relieving the situation. I would link the two together in my question to the Prime Minister.

Topic:   HOUSING
Subtopic:   EVICTIONS ON MAY 1 NEXT
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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, I was not aware my hon. friend was going to ask this question. I understand he sent a copy to my office, but I came into the house rather hurriedly and had no chance to see it. I would say, however, that even had I seen it I should have replied to the effect that I have nothing to add to the statement made by the parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Finance. It was a statement of government policy, and it stands as such.

Topic:   HOUSING
Subtopic:   EVICTIONS ON MAY 1 NEXT
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Thomas Langton Church

National Government

Mr. T. L. CHURCH (Broadview):

Mr. Speaker, may I call attention of the house to the insufficiency of a return tabled two days before the Easter recess on Toronto housing, and dealing with the same subject. It showed that there were no war-time houses built there at all during this war, and that only $50,000 had been spent on the conversion of eight properties, or thirty-four units there. I suggest an amendment to the return; it would involve only three or four sentences. May I ask the house to be good enough in this emergency to allow me to read this, so that I may have an answer to my question on Monday.

In the first place, there was a considerable amount of property which the city of Toronto gave the government gratis for the duration. I may say the city and the government have

Housing

been working together in the matter. I would suggest that the old Havergal college on Jarvis street, in which about 350 of the women's army were housed, might be used. They are moving out on April 30th, and should before that to make it available.

Then, the second property, an R.C-A.F. equipment depot, is on the waterfront; seven of these sheds could be given as an emergency, and there are some buildings in the exhibition grounds which could be used temporarily.

Then, there is a lack of motor trucks until May 1 to move some of these poor people away. Surely the -military authorities could provide a few trucks. There are the equipment buildings I refer to on the waterfront, and some harbour property. I would suggest that three or four of these buildings might be made available so that these people might have a place in which to store their goods. At the present time they have not sufficient storage space. Further, I would suggest the loan of some military construction and housing staff of the forces to erect temporary buildings, or portable emergency houses.

I am asking that this housing matter be considered over the week-end, because it is serious. .

Topic:   HOUSING
Subtopic:   EVICTIONS ON MAY 1 NEXT
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QUESTION OF EXTENSION TO WINNIPEG OF HOUSE CONVERSION PLAN


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

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

Mr. S. H. KNOWLES (Winnipeg North Centre):

On Tuesday of this week I asked a question with respect to the government's house conversion plan. I did so on behalf of the Winnipeg city council. The parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Finance (Mr. Abbott) indicated that he would endeavour to make a reply on Thursday. I was telephoned yesterday morning from the Department of Finance and told that in view of the absence of the parliamentary assistant from Ottawa he would not be able to make this reply on that day. However, I had hoped that the reply would be made to-day. Can the Minister of Finance indicate whether an answer is ready? My question was:

Is consideration being given to extending to Winnipeg the benefits of this plan?

Topic:   QUESTION OF EXTENSION TO WINNIPEG OF HOUSE CONVERSION PLAN
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James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. J. L. ILSLEY (Minister of Finance):

I looked into (he matter to which the hon. member refers and I found that the city council of Winnipeg made an application some months^ ago for the extension of the housing conversion plan to that ctiy. The hon. gentleman perhaps realizes that many cities have applied for the extension of this plan to them, and every application has to be considered carefully. The machinery set up for the consideration of these questions is in the form of

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a committee called the housing coordinating committee, and I believe this matter has received some consideration by that committee. It has not yet been decided to extend the housing conversion plan to the city of Winnipeg, but the matter is under consideration by the committee, according to my understanding of the situation.

Topic:   QUESTION OF EXTENSION TO WINNIPEG OF HOUSE CONVERSION PLAN
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CCF

Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

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

Mr. KNOWLES:

Unless a reply has gone forward in the last few days, no reply to the application made last October has been received by the Winnipeg city council. If the minister finds that to be so, will he endeavour to see that the communication is answered right away?

Topic:   QUESTION OF EXTENSION TO WINNIPEG OF HOUSE CONVERSION PLAN
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LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. ILSLEY:

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Topic:   QUESTION OF EXTENSION TO WINNIPEG OF HOUSE CONVERSION PLAN
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LABOUR CONDITIONS

DISPUTE AT THE PLANT OF FORD MOTOR COMPANY


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, I desire to ask a question of the parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Labour. In view of the serious threat to war production involved in the dispute between the Ford Motor Company of Canada Limited and several thousands of its employees, will the parliamentary assistant give the house full details of the present situation, and indicate what steps the government is taking so that war production may be resumed with a minimum of delay?

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   DISPUTE AT THE PLANT OF FORD MOTOR COMPANY
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Paul Joseph James Martin (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. PAUL MARTIN (Parliamentary Assists ant to the Minister of Labour):

Mr. Speaker, I was not aware of the hon. member's intention to ask this question. On Friday last the Department of Labour asked one of its officers who happened to be in that section of Ontario to cancel some other engagements he had in other industrial plants, and to proceed to Windsor at once. That officer has been in Windsor since Friday morning. Last night another officer of the Department of Labour proceeded to Windsor by air to assist in doing eveiything possible to resolve the differences, so that a halt in production might be avoided.

May I add that the department at Ottawa is alive to the matter and is in constant association and touch with its conciliation officers. Everything is being done to bring about the objective the hon. member has in mind.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   DISPUTE AT THE PLANT OF FORD MOTOR COMPANY
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NAT

Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GRAYDON:

Replying to the answer which has been given, may I say that I did send a notice of my question to the parliamentary assistant, and I am sorry it did not reach him in time. May I add only this, that I do not wish my remarks to be regarded as indicating that fault for the strike rests on any particular shoulders. Most strikes cannot

Labour-Ford Motor Company

be regarded in that way, and I am quite sure this would be in the same category. But I believe the public would like to know how it is that these things occur in a war-time industry, under the present complicated legal and constitutional arrangements set up for this particular purpose. Can the parliamentary assistant give any information as to how this condition has arisen in the present situation?

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   DISPUTE AT THE PLANT OF FORD MOTOR COMPANY
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April 21, 1944