November 2, 1945

PRIVATE BILL

QUEBEC RAILWAY, LIGHT AND POWER COMPANY


Mr. A. P. COTE (Matapedia-Matane-for Mr. Lesage) moved the first reading of bill No. 28 (from the senate), respecting the Quebec Railway, Light and Power Company. He said: I am sorry to say the hon. member for Montmagny-L'Islet (Mr. Lesage) has been called back to Quebec on account of the death of an uncle, and I wish to substitute for him and move the first reading of this bill. Motion agreed to and bill read the first time. FIREARMS


POSSESSION AND USE-ACTION WITH PROVINCES TO CHECK CRIME


On the orders of the day:


PC

John Bracken (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. JOHN BRACKEN (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask a question of the Minister of Justice. It arises out of several unfortunate occurrences in recent weeks in different parts of Canada, one of them in Ottawa within the last few days.

Has the government made any plans to cooperate with the provincial and municipal authorities in order to check the series of crimes of violence reported from many centres in Canada?

More specifically, has the Minister of Justice considered the advisability of having a conference with the provincial attorneys-general, either at the time of the dominion-provincial conference, or at some other early date, to consider ways and means of coordinating the work of crime prevention and detection?

Has the minister under contemplation any amendments to the criminal code in respect of this problem, and if so, will a bill for that purpose be introduced at this session?

Hon. L. S. ST. LAURENT (Minister of Justice): Mr. Speaker, I received notice of the question only a few moments ago. There is better than plans; there is actual cooperation. I would not attempt in just a few moments to describe all the points of contact and cooperation, but I might indicate some of the highlights which occurred to me when I read the question.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is in charge of the provincial police work in six of the nine Canadian provinces-Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. My information from the commissioner is that during

the war years there have been fewer crimes of violence than there were during the thirties in those provinces, and that there has been no noticeable increase in such crimes since V-E-day.

In the other provinces the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have always stood ready to render to municipal and provincial police authorities all such assistance as is from time to time requested by the attorneys-general of such provinces.

A police bulletin, issued weekly by, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, goes to all provincial forces and to those of incorporated cities and towns throughout Canada. It features all available information considered to be useful in the prevention and detection of crime. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police laboratories, fingerprint records and other records dealing with criminology, their analysts, ballistics experts, bandwriting experts-in a wrord, all their facilities and personnel, are at all times available to all the other police forces in Canada.

In reply to the second question I would say that there are many problems dealing with the administration of justice which it is planned to discuss with the attorneys-general at the dominion-provincial conference, if possible; and if it does not prove to be possible at that time, then as early thereafter as may be convenient to them. This, I may say, is one of those several problems.

My reply to the third question would be that the matter of this outburst of crime and violence has received the attention of the government as well as that of the press throughout the country. On more than one occasion the matter has been discussed by me with my colleagues, and a special committee of the cabinet has been constituted to help me in the preparation of a measure felt to be proper to deal with the situation. It is regarded as one of some urgency. As there is considerable material already before the house, consideration is being given to the question whether or not there will be an order in council, operative only up to such time as legislation can be assented to, or in any event not to be operative after the end of the session if legislation is not assented to; and accompanied at the earliest possible moment by a bill to amend the criminal code in that regard.

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PC

John Bracken (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. BRACKEN:

May I thank the minister for his full and satisfactory answer.

Labour Conditions

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NINTH VICTORY LOAN

OBJECTIVE REACHED BY COUNTY OF NORFOLK


On the orders of the day:


PC

Theobald Butler Barrett

Progressive Conservative

Mr. T. B. BARRETT (Norfolk):

Mr. Speaker, will the Minister of Finance inform the house if any other counties besides Norfolk have reached their objective in the ninth victory loan? -

Topic:   NINTH VICTORY LOAN
Subtopic:   OBJECTIVE REACHED BY COUNTY OF NORFOLK
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LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

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

I am afraid I cannot answer that question definitely. I have not a report of the standing of counties before me.

Topic:   NINTH VICTORY LOAN
Subtopic:   OBJECTIVE REACHED BY COUNTY OF NORFOLK
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LABOUR CONDITIONS

THREATENED PACKING HOUSE STRIKE-ANNOUNCEMENT AS TO AGREEMENT BETWEEN PARTIES


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. HUMPHREY MITCHELL (Minister of Labour):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to make an announcement in connection with the negotiations which hon. members will recall have been going on between their employees and the three major meat packing companies of Canada.

Hon. members will recall action was taken in this connection by appointing Mr. Justice Richards a commissioner to assist the parties to come together and discuss their problems. The government also took the unusual action of appointing a controller of the meat packing plants and deputy controllers for various cities where plants are located, and, at the same time, by order in council, required that the plants continue in operation.

No time was lost by the commissioner, Mr. Justice Richards, in getting the parties together, and negotiations have been going on in Winnipeg during the last few days. I might add that representatives of the producers, that is farmers, have sat in during the negotiations.

I am very happy to say that the parties themselves reached a mutually satisfactory agreement at 1.30 a.m. to-day. I am sure hon. members will be glad to hear that negotiations have been satisfactorily concluded. I have not received details of the agreement and of course those affecting wages will have to be finally approved by the appropriate wage boards.

I understand from telephone messages that the main features of the agreement are that the weekly hours are to be reduced from 48 to 45 per week, and that pay will be given for the six legal holidays during the year. Furthermore, it has been agreed upon that a joint 47696-111J

application will be made at once to the appropriate wage boards for an increase of approximately 4j cents per hour.

I feel that we have reason to be well satisfied in regard to the successful outcome of the negotiations, and I also feel hon. members will endorse my expression of appreciation to Mr. Justice Richards and those who have been representing the union and the management of the packing plants, and also those who were good enough to come to the conference as representatives of the farmers.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   THREATENED PACKING HOUSE STRIKE-ANNOUNCEMENT AS TO AGREEMENT BETWEEN PARTIES
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STRIKE AT FORD MOTOR PLANT, WINDSOR


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. HUMPHREY MITCHELL (Minister of Labour):

The leader of the opposition (Mr. Bracken) asked, if I would keep the house informed as to the negotiations with respect to the Ford dispute. I regret to say that the men's organizations have turned down the proposal of which I informed the house last Monday. No word has been received yet from the Ford Motor Company of Canada.

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CCF

William Irvine

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

Mr. WILLIAM IRVINE (Cariboo):

In view Of the most satisfactory results which have been obtained through the minister's action in regard to the threatened strike in * the packing plants, will he now consider taking similar action in regard to the Ford strike?

Topic:   STRIKE AT FORD MOTOR PLANT, WINDSOR
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November 2, 1945