July 27, 1944

LIB

George Alexander Cruickshank

Liberal

Mr. CRUICKSHANK:

I bow to your ruling, Mr. Speaker, but these men are having a meeting to-night.

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   SELECTIVE SERVICE
Sub-subtopic:   COMPULSORY TRANSFER ORDERS-REPRESENTATIONS OF VANCOUVER VETERANS
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NAT

Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GRAYDON:

The matter is urgent, Mr. Speaker, and I suggest that the hon. member ought to be able to go on.

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   SELECTIVE SERVICE
Sub-subtopic:   COMPULSORY TRANSFER ORDERS-REPRESENTATIONS OF VANCOUVER VETERANS
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LIB

George Alexander Cruickshank

Liberal

Mr. CRUICKSHANK:

I would like to ask the parliamentary assistant this question-

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   SELECTIVE SERVICE
Sub-subtopic:   COMPULSORY TRANSFER ORDERS-REPRESENTATIONS OF VANCOUVER VETERANS
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LIB

Thomas Vien (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Air. SPEAKER:

The hon. gentleman has laid the foundation for his question and he must now ask it. The minister has had notice of it.

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   SELECTIVE SERVICE
Sub-subtopic:   COMPULSORY TRANSFER ORDERS-REPRESENTATIONS OF VANCOUVER VETERANS
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LIB

George Alexander Cruickshank

Liberal

Mr. CRUICKSHANK:

I was proceeding to do so. I would ask the parliamentary assistant if his department will give further consideration to the matter with a view to separating the two groups.

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   SELECTIVE SERVICE
Sub-subtopic:   COMPULSORY TRANSFER ORDERS-REPRESENTATIONS OF VANCOUVER VETERANS
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LIB

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

Liberal

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

The hon. member gave me notice of the question yesterday. The point under discussion is a ruling of the national selective service advisory board having to do with compulsory transfer orders.

For the information of hon. members I might say that under the compulsory transfer order plan civilians who are in certain classes of industry are asked to report to the employment office for interview to ascertain if they are suitable for transfer to work which is more important in the war effort. This plan has proven very successful; I am glad to say that it has actually been necessary to use compulsion in but very few cases. In fact, out of the thousands of cases where transfers have been effected there have been less than fifty who have raised serious objection. Usually it was found that the man is transferred to a position which pays a higher rate owing to the fact that men working in war industries are as a rule on a higher wage level.

Coming to the point of circular No. 227-58, up to July 14, 1944, the instructions issued on authority of the national selective service advisory board were that the compulsory transfer orders were not to be applicable in the case of returned men regardless of the nature of their service in the armed forces.

With the increasingly acute shortage of labour which has developed during this summer the advisory' board came to the conclusion that returned men should be interviewed and transferred where feasible but that this rule should not apply to men who had seen service overseas.

I am informed that no objection has been taken by any individual returned men, but I do point out that all individuals ordered to transfer under this compulsory transfer system have a right to appeal to a board of referees.

The hon. member asks if the department will give further consideration to the matter and he can be assured that the matter is being discussed currently with the officials concerned.

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   SELECTIVE SERVICE
Sub-subtopic:   COMPULSORY TRANSFER ORDERS-REPRESENTATIONS OF VANCOUVER VETERANS
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QUEBEC ELECTION


On the orders of the day:


NAT

Herbert Alexander Bruce

National Government

Hon. H. A. BRUCE (Parkdale):

I wish to direct a question to the Minister of Justice. It is now nearly three weeks since he stated in the house that he had directed the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to make an investigation of the report published in Le Canada of a speech made in Montreal by Jacques Sauriol on July 9. I wonder if the minister is able yet to state whether he has received a report as to the accuracy or otherwise of the newspaper item.

Hon. L. S. ST. LAURENT (Minister of Justice): Though I received no notice that it was the hon. gentleman's intention to bring this matter up this morning, and therefore have not brought here the preliminary reports I have received from time to time from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as to the progress being made in their investigation, I can from memory state that there has been found one reporter who claims to have been present at the meeting and to recollect the statements that were made. It was also suggested that notes of what was going to be said had been delivered to the reporter of another newspaper and efforts were made to ascertain whether or not that was so. It so happened that the city editor of that paper and the reporter were not available until last Monday. They were interviewed and they have not yet been able to find those notes. At the present time the situation is that there is one person who claims he could vouch for the accuracy of the statement made in the paper. The matter is being investigated under the supervision of the lawyer who usually acts in Montreal for the Royal Cana-' dian Mounted Police, and he is receiving daily verbal reports from those who are conducting the investigation.

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   QUEBEC ELECTION
Sub-subtopic:   PRESS REPORT OP STATEMENT OP JACQUES SAUBIOL IN MONTREAL ON JULY 9
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NAT

Herbert Alexander Bruce

National Government

Mr. BRUCE:

As this is the official paper of the government in Quebec, would the minister not admit the accuracy of that report?

Labour Conditions

Mr. ST. LAURENT: I would like to have the hon. gentleman restate that. I did not catch it.

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   QUEBEC ELECTION
Sub-subtopic:   PRESS REPORT OP STATEMENT OP JACQUES SAUBIOL IN MONTREAL ON JULY 9
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NAT

Herbert Alexander Bruce

National Government

Mr. RRUOE:

As this paper is supposed to be the official organ of this government in the province of Quebec, would the minister not be willing to accept the report published in it?

Mr. ST. LAURENT: The minister knows of no newspaper that is the official organ of the government in the province of Quebec, and the minister will be guided by the advice of counsel who has been retained in Montreal and who is following, with the officers of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the progress of the investigation being made.

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   QUEBEC ELECTION
Sub-subtopic:   PRESS REPORT OP STATEMENT OP JACQUES SAUBIOL IN MONTREAL ON JULY 9
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NAT

Thomas Langton Church

National Government

Mr. CHURCH:

Is the minister not free now to admit that while the provincial elections are on the regulations * that I referred to the other day for the defence of Canada have been in effect suspended1?

Mr. ST. LAURENT: No.

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   QUEBEC ELECTION
Sub-subtopic:   PRESS REPORT OP STATEMENT OP JACQUES SAUBIOL IN MONTREAL ON JULY 9
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NAT

Thomas Langton Church

National Government

Mr. CHURCH:

Why is there not one law for the whole country? Why single out Mr. Houde for treatment in one way and treat others differently? May I ask also whether the habeas corpus act has been suspended?

Mr. ST. LAURENT: I was not able to follow completely what the hon. member said, but I did catch the observation that there should be one law for everybody in Canada. There is one law for everybody in Canada.

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   QUEBEC ELECTION
Sub-subtopic:   PRESS REPORT OP STATEMENT OP JACQUES SAUBIOL IN MONTREAL ON JULY 9
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NAT

Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GRAYDON:

May I be allowed to point out to the Minister of Justice that it has just come to my attention that the same Jacques Sauriol has now himself stated that he may be in a concentration camp, or that he may foe interned, for some of the statements that he has been making. Will the minister look that up in this morning's papers? I have just seen it.

Mr. ST. LAURENT: I noted1 that, and there have been others who, being perhaps anxious for the role in which that would place them, have suggested that they might during an election campaign be interned.

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   QUEBEC ELECTION
Sub-subtopic:   PRESS REPORT OP STATEMENT OP JACQUES SAUBIOL IN MONTREAL ON JULY 9
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LABOUR CONDITIONS


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Clarence Gillis

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

Mr. CLARENCE GILLIS (Cape Breton South):

Late last night, according to reports, three thousand shipyard workers in Halifax and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, were likely to strike this morning. I would inquire of the parliamentary assistant to the Minister of

Labour whether the department has been successful in taking steps to avert a very serious disruption in that area.

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   SHIPYARD WORKERS-REPORT AS TO STRIKE AT HALIFAX AND DARTMOUTH
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LIB

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

Liberal

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

The hon. member gave notice of his question regarding the difficulty between Halifax Shipyards Limited and their employees. As he knows, negotiations have been going on now for some time between the employees and the company in regard to the renewal of the former contract. The department of Labour caused to be set up a board of conciliation which made its report, and since the negotiations commenced, and all through the negotiations and since the receipt of the report, the department has had its senior officer on the spot in contact with both parties in the hope that mutually satisfactory arrangements could be worked out. I regret to say that efforts in this direction have thus far not proved successful, and I can now only say to the hon. member that the department is leaving no stone unturned to resolve the differences and to try and see that the men get back on the fairest possible terms.

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   SHIPYARD WORKERS-REPORT AS TO STRIKE AT HALIFAX AND DARTMOUTH
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LABOUR REQUIREMENTS FOR HARVESTING OF ONTARIO TOBACCO CROP


On the orders of the day:


July 27, 1944