June 27, 1946

PC

Frank Exton Lennard

Progressive Conservative

Mr. F. E. LENNARD (Wentworth):

I

should like to ask the Secretary of State if the government would not consider extending

Precious Metals Marking

the privilege of the early daily closing to the civil service starting July 2. I would ask further if in his opinion the civil service should be penalized because this house chooses to remain in session all summer.

Topic:   INQUIRY AS TO EARLY CLOSING FOR SUMMER
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LIB

James Horace King (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order. I think the question should be placed on the order paper.

Topic:   INQUIRY AS TO EARLY CLOSING FOR SUMMER
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LABOUR CONDITIONS

MEASURES TO AVOID STOPPAGE OF PRODUCTION IN STEEL INDUSTRY


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. M. J. COLDWELL (Rosetown-Biggar):

I wish to direct a question to the Minister of Labour, of which I sent him notice. In view of the importance of endeavouring to prevent a stoppage of production in the steel industry, has the minister or his department received any definite proposals from the companies in reply to the union proposals, the forty-hour week, or union-management proposals for settling the dispute in the industry? I have tried to summarize the questions.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   MEASURES TO AVOID STOPPAGE OF PRODUCTION IN STEEL INDUSTRY
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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. HUMPHREY MITCHELL (Minister of Labour):

The hon. member was kind

enough to give me notice of these three questions. In reply may I say that the matter of wages and hours of work in the steel industry is now being dealt with by Mr. Justice W. D. Roach, of the Ontario supreme court, as an industrial disputes inquiry commissioner. The points covered by the questions are under consideration, and I am advised by the commissioner that a meeting of all parties concerned is to be held to-morrow. I do not think there will be any undue delay in the report of the commissioner.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   MEASURES TO AVOID STOPPAGE OF PRODUCTION IN STEEL INDUSTRY
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PACIFIC COAST COMMUNICATIONS

TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE SERVICES IN RURAL BRITISH COLUMBIA


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Reconstruction and Supply)

Liberal

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

Y'esterday the

hon. member for Nanaimo (Mr. Pearkes) asked a question about the disposal of the Pacific communications system. The question of the disposal of the Pacific communications system was discussed at a meeting between officials of War Assets Corporation, together with representatives of the R.C.A.F., the ' British Columbia Telephone company, Canadian National Telegraphs, Canadian Pacific Telegraphs and Dominion Government Telegraphs, and it was agreed that the surplus

communication system should be sold to the proper parties and in the best interests of the public and all concerned.

The ultimate disposition of the Pacific communications system has been adhered to in accordance with the agreed requirements necessary to operate this high grade telephone and telegraph service in the best interests of the public in the areas covered by the system.

As a result of the sale of the Pacific communications system, wire facilities between Hope and Ashcroft, British Columbia, are composed of one circuit between Hope and Lytton and four circuits between Hope and Ashcroft. Complete telephone facilities at Ashcroft are provided by the British Columbia Telephone company, and telegraph services by Canadian National Telegraphs, Canadian Pacific Telegraphs and Dominion Government Telegraphs.

Topic:   PACIFIC COAST COMMUNICATIONS
Subtopic:   TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE SERVICES IN RURAL BRITISH COLUMBIA
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SUMMER WEIGHT UNIFORMS FOR MESSENGERS AND PROTECTIVE STAFF


On the orders of the day:


PC

Gordon Knapman Fraser

Progressive Conservative

Mr. G. K. FRASER (Peterborough West):

Mr. Speaker, I believe the question that I wish to ask should be directed to you, Last year the Department of Public W'orks supplied the elevator operators in this building with summer uniforms. Would it not be possible for you as Speaker of the House of Commons to see that summer weight uniforms are supplied to the messengers and guards in this building? The men are now wearing winter weight uniforms.

Topic:   SUMMER WEIGHT UNIFORMS FOR MESSENGERS AND PROTECTIVE STAFF
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LIB

James Horace King (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order.

Topic:   SUMMER WEIGHT UNIFORMS FOR MESSENGERS AND PROTECTIVE STAFF
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PRECIOUS METALS MARKING

REPEAL OF ACT-CONSOLIDATION OF STATUTORY PROVISIONS


Hon. J. A. MacKINNON (Minister of Trade and Commerce) moved the second reading of bill No. 17, respecting the marking of articles containing gold, silver, or platinum. Motion agreed to, bill read the second time, and the house went into committee thereon, Mr. Macdonald (Brantford City) in the chair' On section 1-short title.


PC

Gordon Knapman Fraser

Progressive Conservative

Mr. FRASER:

In view of the fact that this bill is a redrafting of the act, perhaps it would be well if the minister were to make a brief; statement. Will he tell the committee whether' jewellery manufacturers and dealers had any say in the redrafting?

Precious Metals Marking

Topic:   PRECIOUS METALS MARKING
Subtopic:   REPEAL OF ACT-CONSOLIDATION OF STATUTORY PROVISIONS
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LIB

James Angus MacKinnon (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. MacKINNON:

Mr. Chairman, the Precious Metals Marking Act was passed, under that title, in 1928. Since then a number of amendments have been made, and it was found advisable to make some further amendments at this time. Instead of asking simply for the amendments it was considered advisable to rewrite the statute; therefore the bill being presented to-day contains the provisions of the original act, with the suggested amendments. The amendments are only of a minor nature, following experience in the working out of the act. The original act was passed for the purpose of giving protection to the public when purchasing articles of carat gold, silver or platinum. It is my understanding that officials in my department have consulted with the trade in respect of the proposed amendments. To speak frankly, the bill is largely routine, and a process of tying in the amendments which have already been passed.

Topic:   PRECIOUS METALS MARKING
Subtopic:   REPEAL OF ACT-CONSOLIDATION OF STATUTORY PROVISIONS
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June 27, 1946