February 28, 1947

LABOUR CONDITIONS

DISCONTINUANCE OF LABOUR EXIT PERMITS- INTERNATIONAL LABOUR CONFERENCES

LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. HUMPHREY MITCHELL (Minister of Labour):

I wish to lay on the table a copy of order in council P.C. 657, dated February 20, 1947, providing for the discontinuance of labour exit permits as required under the national selective service civilian regulations.

I desire to lay on the table also a copy of the report of the Canadian government dele-

Peace Treaties

gates to the twenty-eighth (maritime) session of the international labour conference, Seattle, June 6 to 29, 1946, in French.

In accordance with the provisions of article 19 of the constitution of the international labour organization, of which Canada is a member, I desire to lay on the table the authentic texts of the conventions and recommendations which were adopted at the twenty-eighth session (maritime) of the international labour conference at Seattle in the month of June, 1946; also the text of an order in council P.C. 4760 of November 26, 1946, which has been adopted dealing with the competence of parliament and of the provincial legislatures respectively with regard to the subject matters of these conventions and recommendations.

The texts of these conventions and recommendations, together with the order in council above mentioned, are being transmitted by the Secretary of State to the lieutenant governors of the several provinces.

In accordance with the provisions of article 19 of the constitution of the international labour organization, of which Canada is a member, I desire to lay on the table the authentic texts of the conventions and recommendations which were adopted at the twenty-ninth session of the international labour conference at Montreal in September-October last, also the text of an order in council P.C. 647. February 25, 1947, which has been adopted dealing with the competence of parliament and of the provincial legislatures respectively with regard to the subject matters of these conventions and recommendations.

The texts of these conventions and recommendations, together with the order in council above mentioned, are being transmitted by the Secretary of State to the lieutenant-governors of the several provinces.

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CCF

Angus MacInnis

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

Mr. MacINNIS:

Will the conventions

tabled by the minister be printed and distributed for the benefit of hon. members?

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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. MITCHELL:

I shall be glad to look into it, Mr. Speaker.

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PENITENTIARIES

ORDER FOR PRINTING OF GENERAL GIBSON'S REPORT

LIB

James Lorimer Ilsley (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Right Hon. J. L. ILSLEY (Minister of Justice):

On February 17 last I laid on the table of the house a report by General Gibson on the penitentiary system of Canada. As there has been some demand for copies of this report, I beg to move:

That the report of the commissioner appointed under order in council, P.C. 1313, dated April 5,

1946, be printed, 1,000 copies in English and 500 copies in French, and that standing order 64 be suspended in relation thereto.

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Motion agreed to.


PEACE TREATIES

GERMANY AND AUSTRIA-CANADIAN SUBMISSIONS -MOTION FOR ADJOURNMENT UNDER STANDING ORDER 31

PC

Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. GORDON GRAYDON (Peel):

Mr. Speaker, I ask for leave to move, seconded by the hon. member for Vancouver South (Mr. Green) the adjournment of the house for the purpose of discussing a definite matter of urgent public importance, namely, the written submissions made by the government of Canada to the special deputies of the council of foreign ministers on the proposed peace treaties with Germany and Austria and the Canadian position taken with respect to a full participation of this country in the making of these treaties.

The urgency element in this motion will be recognized at once in view of the fact that the foreign ministers are scheduled to meet in Moscow in ten days. Unless full opportunity of debate is provided now, the, Moscow meeting may be over before the views of the Canadian people as expressed by parliament are known to them and to the world. This should not be.

The debate on the address, which resumes next Monday, will afford a wholly inadequate opportunity for parliament as a whole to make its voice heard on these matters and these alone. This further contributes to the urgency surrounding this motion now.

Right Hon. L. S. ST. LAURENT (Secretary of State for External Affairs): May I be allowed to make a suggestion with respect to this motion? There is no doubt that its subject matter is one of great importance and interest to the Canadian people, and that there is some urgency in view of the fact that the meeting of foreign ministers is to take place in Moscow within ten days. However, at this time we are dealing with emergency legislation, and under the motion adopted by the house this is the last day that that emergency legislation can be dealt with until the address has been disposed of.

If the hon. member would care to hold his motion until Monday I would not venture to suggest there could be any opposition to the motion, although there are other matters of urgent importance; it would be within the jurisdiction of the house to decide which should have priority. Standing order 31 provides for the manner in which that is deter-

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mined. Even if there were opposition to the hon. member's motion on Monday, and twenty members were to stand, the hon. member would have leave to discuss it. If he were willing to allow it to stand until Monday I should not attempt to raise the question that the matter could be as conveniently dealt with on the address as on the motion to adjourn. On the motion to adjourn the house the debate would have to be confined strictly to this one subject, whilst on the address the debate might roam over any of the matters that have already been touched upon. I think it would expedite the business of the house if the bill which is in committee and has already received a lot of consideration could be proceeded with today, because there might be some hope of its being disposed as to the committee stage, leaving only the third reading. Therefore I think the members on this side, and it may be the members generally, would be grateful to the hon. member for Peel if he would defer his motion until Monday.

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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

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

Mr. Speaker, I think the motion which has been introduced is both urgent and timely, and I support the mover's suggestion that the subj ect be debated; but I agree with the Secretary of State for External Affairs (Mr. St. Laurent) that it would be better if the hon. member would defer the discussion until Monday. Another reason for doing so is that we would have a much better debate on the subject because in the meantime the members would have an opportunity to review the various documents which have been presented to us bearing on this matter. I therefore join with the Secretary of State for External Affairs in suggesting that there is urgency but in asking the hon. member to defer the discussion until Monday.

Mr. SOLON E. LOW (Peace River): Mr. Speaker, I feel that the motion presented by the hon. member for Peel is timely and urgent, but at the same time I recognize that on Monday we would have a better opportunity to be prepared for the debate, which might continue for part of several days, than we would have in discussing it along with other matters in the debate on the address. I support the suggestion of the Secretary of State for External Affairs that the hon. member allow his motion to stand over until Monday.

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PC

Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. GRAYDON:

Having heard the remarks of the Secretary of State for External Affairs, the hon. member for Rosetown-Biggar and the hon. member for Peace River, I have no objection to allowing the motion to stand over until Monday, on the understanding given by

the Secretary of State for External Affairs and without prejudice to my right to renew the motion at the appropriate time on Monday so that it can then be debated in the ordinary way.

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AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS

PROVISION FOR PURCHASE, SALE AND EXPORT- COMMODITY AND PROVINCIAL MARKETING BOARDS


Right Hon. J. G. GARDINER (Minister of Agriculture) moved that the house go into committee at the next sitting to consider the following resolution: That it is expedient to introduce a measure to provide for the purchase, sale and export of agricultural products, for the functions and powers of the minister, of commodity boards and of provincial marketing boards in relation thereto, for the employment of officers, clerks and employees necesary for the proper administration of the act and the payment of their expenses and remuneration out of moneys appropriated by parliament for such purpose, and for the creation of a special account in the consolidated revenue fund called the agricultural products account, and to provide further that expenditures, other than the administrative expenses above mentioned, shall be paid out of moneys appropriated by parliament or out of the agricultural products account. He said: His Excellency the Governor General, having been made acquainted with the subject matter of this resolution, recommends it to the consideration of the house.


PC

Grote Stirling

Progressive Conservative

Mr. STIRLING:

On a point of order, may I ask whether this important resolution will have to stand until after the address is proceeded with, or will the house be asked to give its consent to advancing it to the next stage today?

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LIB

James Horace King (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

These motions are not debatable. This is a motion to go into committee at the next sitting.

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LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. GARDINER:

Mr. Speaker, the question asked by the hon. member is important. He is not debating the motion but is asking, now that we are to resume the debate on the address on Monday, what will be the procedure in connection with this resolution. I do not know how rapidly we shall get through with the wheat bill, discussion on which will be resumed today, but if we finish that bill today I shall be glad to indicate the bearing which this resolution has on the legislation which is to be presented to the house, and by unanimous consent, if it be thought wise, we might discuss that later in the day.

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February 28, 1947