April 21, 1944

LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. MARTIN:

I am sure my hon. friend will realize the difficulties inherent m the question. I can only repeat that the department is doing everything it can to bring about a satisfactory conclusion to the matter. Application for a hearing by both parties is now pending before the wartime labour relations board. That matter will be disposed of, I presume, on Tuesday next. I am sure that under those circumstances the leader of the opposition would not expect me to add anything more. There is a disposition to bring the matter to as speedy a conclusion as possible.

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CCF

Clarence Gillis

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

Mr. CLARENCE GILLIS (Cape Breton South):

I should like to address a question to the parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Labour. The leader of the opposition has persisted in referring to the difficulty at Windsor as a strike. One of the factors involved is whether it is a strike or a lockout. There is a great difference between the two. Can the parliamentary assistant inform the house whether the department has determined whether this is a strike or a lockout within the meaning of order in council P.C. 1003?

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. MARTIN:

The hon. gentleman has not given me any notice of his question. He will appreciate that the war-time labour relations board is the body that will determine a question of that sort. I am sure on reflection the hon. gentleman will agree that it would be wholly improper for me to pass judgment on the matter.

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CCF

Clarence Gillis

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

Mr. GILLIS:

That is the reason I raised the point. I think in the House of Commons it is wrong to classify this difficulty as a strike when there are other factors involved.

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. MARTIN:

I did not say any such thing.

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CCF

Clarence Gillis

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

Mr. GILLIS:

No, but the leader of the opposition did.

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NAT

Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GRAYDON:

On a question of privilege, I know my hon. friend is very quick to take some political advantage of-

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order.

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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. COLDWELL:

Mr. Speaker, this is- 100-141

Mr. GRAYDON: I am speaking to a

question of privilege.

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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. COLDWELL:

I rise to a point of order.

Mr. GRAYDON: I am speaking to a

question of privilege.

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LIB

Thomas Vien (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

In speaking to a question of privilege the hon. member should not impute motives to the hon. member for Cape Breton South.

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NAT

Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GRAYDON:

If I have imputed any motives I shall be glad to withdraw them unconditionally. I am asking that motives imputed to me. be withdrawn, and perhaps it would not be proper for me to impute motives while I was doing that. My question of privilege is this. If I used the word "strike"-I will accept my hon. friend's word that I did-I did so inadvertently because I recognized in looking over the news reports that that was one of the problems involved. I think I was careful in my remarks with respect to the matter at Windsor to indicate that I was only seeking information, rather than taking any stand with respect to the matter. If I did make a slip of that kind I am sure that my hon. friend will realize that he and I as well as others in the house sometimes are guilty of inadvertence. That is what this was.

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CCF

Clarence Gillis

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

Mr. GILLIS:

I am not a clairvoyant, so that I do not know what the hon. member is thinking.

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LIB

Thomas Vien (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

There cannot be any argument on the matter.

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BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

CONFERENCE OF PRIME MINISTERS IN LONDON


On the orders of the day:


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):

Mr. Speaker, as hon. members are aware, I expect to be leaving Ottawa shortly to be present at the meeting of Prime Ministers to be held in London in the near future. I have been discussing with my colleague the Minister of Mines and Resources (Mr. Crerar) the distribution which it would be desirable to make of my duties as Prime Minister, President of the Council, and Secretary of State for External Affairs. Mr. Crerar has expressed the hope that the duties of these several offices might be assigned to different members of the government. I have accordingly decided to ask him to act as President of the Council, to preside at meetings of the cabinet and of the war committee and to continue to act, as he has done for some time past, as deputy leader of the House of

Army-Farm Leave

Commons. I intend to ask Mr. Ralston, the Minister of National Defence, to act as Prime Minister and leader in the house, and Mr. St. Laurent, the Minister of Justice, to act as Secretary of State for External Affairs. I am sure that this arrangement will commend itself to hon. members.

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April 21, 1944