May 31, 1946

JAPANESE IN CANADA

REPATRIATION-DELAY IN DEPARTURE FROM VANCOUVER


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. HUMPHREY MITCHELL (Minister of Labour):

Mr. Speaker, yesterday on the orders of the day the hon. member for Rosetown-Biggar (Mr. Coldwell) asked a question concerning communication between Japanese repatriates now at Vancouver awaiting transportation to Japan and local persons. It was anticipated that these repatriates, who are groups from Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta, would go on board ship within a day or two after reaching Vancouver. However, there has been a few days' delay in the arrival of the second ship in Vancouver, owing to the necessity for completing ship repairs, and it has been necessary to provide for the housing of these people in the immigration sheds at Vancouver in the meantime.

There are a number of people in Vancouver who want to talk to these repatriates, and it has been found desirable to make orderly arrangements to limit communication of this nature to responsible parties who have legitimate reasons. We have appointed an officer for this purpose, and all reasonable requests are being met. It must be remembered that the supreme allied commander in Japan has prescribed strict limitations on the types of currency, securities for money, and nature of personal property which can be taken on board ship, and the government is responsible to see that these provisions are complied with. Priority in time of staff and repatriates at Vancouver is being given to the carrying out of these provisions. I may say that the first ship is in dock in Vancouver to-day, and repatriates are being placed on board.

Topic:   JAPANESE IN CANADA
Subtopic:   REPATRIATION-DELAY IN DEPARTURE FROM VANCOUVER
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LABOUR CONDITIONS

CURTAILMENT OF PRODUCTION IN STEEL PLANTS


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Clarence Gillis

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

Mr. CLARENCE GILLIS (Cape Breton South):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Reconstruction and Supply based on a telegram which I have received from the steelworkers union in Sydney, a copy of which I have sent to him. Was it on the fuel controller's orders that operations at the Sydney plant in the production of steel have been drastically curtailed? If so, can the minister give the house any valid reason why conditions in a section of the country which is badly affected by unemployment should be further aggravated by this order?

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   CURTAILMENT OF PRODUCTION IN STEEL PLANTS
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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Reconstruction and Supply)

Liberal

Hon. C. D. HOWE (Minister of Reconstruction and Supply):

As a result of an order of the fuel controller, coal suitable for conversion into coke has been moved to St. Lawrence ports to relieve a very serious lack of domestic fuel. This situation has resulted from the coal strike in the United States. Every hon. member will appreciate that if any considerable body of labour goes on strike, other bodies of labour are affected. That is the situation in this case. It has been necessary to take coke from another steel plant in order to relieve an urgent demand for domestic fuel. I hope the situation is reasonably temporary, but as long as the emergency lasts it will be necessary to continue this diversion.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   CURTAILMENT OF PRODUCTION IN STEEL PLANTS
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CCF

Clarence Gillis

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

Mr. GILLIS:

Has there been a curtailment of steel production in other plants across the country?

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   CURTAILMENT OF PRODUCTION IN STEEL PLANTS
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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Reconstruction and Supply)

Liberal

Mr. HOWE:

Yes, particularly at Sault Ste. Marie. Coke taken from that plant is resulting in a limited curtailment of steel production. The curtailment is entirely in connection with the production of steel rails, which happens to be a form of steel which is not urgently required. I understand that the production of steel rails has been curtailed at Sydney and Sault Ste. Marie to provide coke for domestic purposes.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   CURTAILMENT OF PRODUCTION IN STEEL PLANTS
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TEXTILE STRIKE AT CARLETON PLACE, ONT.

PC

William Gourlay Blair

Progressive Conservative

Mr. W. G. BLAIR (Lanark):

I should like to ask the Minister of Labour a question. Will he make a statement on the Carleton Place textile strike?

Topic:   TEXTILE STRIKE AT CARLETON PLACE, ONT.
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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. HUMPHREY MITCHELL (Minister of Labour):

A commissioner has already been appointed to conciliate the dispute upon the

Supply-Health and Welfare

request of the minister of labour for Ontario, and I think it would be wise if we said nothing, awaiting his efforts to settle the dispute.

Topic:   TEXTILE STRIKE AT CARLETON PLACE, ONT.
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LUMBER INDUSTRY-STRIKE IN BRITISH COLUMBIA-FOOD CONTAINERS


On the orders of the day:


PC

Grote Stirling

Progressive Conservative

Hon. GROTE STIRLING (Yale):

May I ask the Minister of Labour whether he is able to make a report on the efforts being made to get the box factories in British Columbia working again?

Topic:   LUMBER INDUSTRY-STRIKE IN BRITISH COLUMBIA-FOOD CONTAINERS
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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. HUMPHREY MITCHELL (Minister of Labour):

I am hopeful that I shall receive a report from Chief Justice Sloan to-morrow on his efforts to conciliate the dispute.

Topic:   LUMBER INDUSTRY-STRIKE IN BRITISH COLUMBIA-FOOD CONTAINERS
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VETERANS AFFAIRS

PRIORITIES IN PURCHASE OF FARM MACHINERY

May 31, 1946