May 5, 1944

LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. MITCHELL:

They would fill up nine or ten pages of Hansard.

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

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

Mr. KNOWLES:

The information given

on page 799 of Hansard covers six different periods and takes only one page of Hansard.

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Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. MITCHELL:

I have a summary here

which I shall be glad to have printed in Hansard, with the permission of the committee.

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Joseph-Arthur Bradette (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Liberal

The CHAIRMAN:

With the consent o'f

the committee. .

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Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. MITCHELL:

The summary is as

follows:

Total applicants registered at employment and selective service offices by provinces as at March 2 and March 30, 1944, were as follows:

March 2, March 30,

1944 1944

Prince Edward Island.. ... 287 219Nova Scotia .. . 2,233 2,098New Brunswick ... 1,778 1,602Quebec ... 26,253 25,737Ontario .. . 20.892 19,425Manitoba ... 3,997 3,613Saskatchewan .. . 2,145 1,844A lberta ... 2,987 3,243British Columbia .. . 8,043 7,513Total ... 68,615 65,294Total applicants referred to jobs were asfollows: March 2, March 30,1944 1944Prince Edward Island.. ... 102 91Nova Scotia ... 797 802New Brunswick ... 926 850Quebec ... 13,370 12,220Ontario ... 10,842 10,290Manitoba ... 1,048 935Saskatchewan ... 643 445Alberta ... 839 982British Columbia ... 2,830 2,982Total ... 31,397 29,597Net Registrations in process of placementwere as follows: March 2, March 30,1944 1944Prince Edward Island. . . .. 185 128Nova Scotia . .. 1,436 1,296NeAV Brunswick ... 852 752Quebec ... 12,883 13,517Ontario ... 10,050 9,135Manitoba ... 2.949 2.678Saskatchewan . .. 1,502 1.399Alberta ... 2,148 2,261British Columbia ... 5,213 4,531Total

37,218 35,697Requests for employees in process of being filled were as follows: March 2, March 30,1944 1944Prince Edward Island.... . 133 199Nova Scotia . 5,897 5,956New Brunswick . 3,239 3.713Quebec . 47,108 42,410Ontario . 61,846 64,162Manitoba . 4,125 5,879Saskatchewan . 3,109 3,389Alberta . 3,765 5,117British Columbia . 9,876 11,657Total . 139,098 142,482

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Ernest Edward Perley

National Government

Mr. PERLEY:

The minister did not answer

my question as to what other vocational courses are being given in Saskatchewan and how many men are talcing the courses. How many schools giving courses of any kind have been started in military district No. 12?

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Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. MITCHELL:

We keep those records not by military districts but by provinces. We have the gross enrolment in each province but not the number of schools.

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Ernest Edward Perley

National Government

Mr. PERLEY:

How can you have the gross enrolment without knowing the number of schools?

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Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. MITCHELL:

That is quite true, I have not got it broken down by schools, but I have the gross enrolment.

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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. MITCHELL:

It covers every province in the dominion. Perhaps my hon. friend would prefer that I should put it on Hansard.

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Ernest Edward Perley

National Government

Mr. PERLEY:

I think it would be all right to have it now. It may be interesting to other hon. members.

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Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. MITCHELL:

The total in the

dominion is 2,056, distributed as follows: Nova Scotia, 38; New Brunswick, 49; Quebec, 547; Ontario, 359; Manitoba, 233; Saskatchewan, 182; Alberta, 309, and British Columbia, 339. .

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Norman James Macdonald Lockhart

Progressive Conservative

Mr. LOCKHART:

Would the minister

indicate to what extent the rehabilitation grants, whether in his department or in any other, have progressed as regards giving further aid to men who, having taken vocational courses, are prepared to set themselves up in business if they could obtain a small grant similar to that received by the soldier who is being rehabilitated? I think that such a grant might be accorded to men who have taken these vocational courses. I know that the Minister of Pensions and National Health is conversant with this matter. Only to-day I received another letter of the kind that I handed to the Minister of Pensions

(Mr. Mitchell.]

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and National Health when in private conversation with him. The writer states that if he had around $100 it would enable him to finance a little project which he has in mind in a line for which he has become trained. I know that 'the Minister of Pensions and ^National Health is familiar with the arguments for this proposal, because we have discussed it. In this letter the writer points out that thousands of dollars will be available to veterans who start on the land, and he asks, "Is there any possible chance that I could get $100, or $200 at the most, to finance a little venture which I want to undertake?" Will some small amount of assistance be given to men who are vocationally trained?

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Ian Alistair Mackenzie (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE (Vancouver):

If I may intervene once again: as the minister said a few minutes ago, the only assistance given now is what you might call maintenance benefits. No individual advances have been made so far. The whole situation is now being reviewed by a subcommittee. We are looking into what is being done in New Zealand or Australia along the lines suggested by my hon. friend. What the ultimate policy will be I am not prepared to state at the moment, but the matter is being looked into.

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Herbert Alexander Bruce

National Government

Mr. BRUCE:

May I ask the minister a

question arising out of the statement he made last evening, as reported in Hansard, page 2625, when, speaking of call-ups, he said:

. . . we are continually reexamining those men who have been turned down, particularly by individual physicians.

I am aware of the fact that, for many reasons which we need not enter into, family physicians have been placing certain men in a lower category; can the ministers tell us how many of these men were raised to a higher category as a consequence of further examination by boards?

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Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. MITCHELL:

May I point out that the item to which the hon. member refers is passed and gone. I do not want to be too sticky about it, but I do not want to get into a general discussion such as we have had for the last four days.

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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. MITCHELL:

I shall be glad to have it. looked up and the information given- to my hon. friend.

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Ernest Edward Perley

National Government

Mr. PERLEY:

I think the minister is

going to give us the number of those schools and where they are.

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