June 25, 1948

LIB

George Alexander Cruickshank

Liberal

Mr. CRUICKSHANK:

When the farmers are flooded out.

Topic:   OLEOMARGARINE
Subtopic:   QUESTION OF REFERENCE TO SUPREME COURT OF CANADA
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LIB

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

Liberal

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

No, the government has not had an opportunity, with the intense pressure of the work of the session at this time, to give consideration to this question.

Topic:   OLEOMARGARINE
Subtopic:   QUESTION OF REFERENCE TO SUPREME COURT OF CANADA
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IMPORT PERMITS

MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT FOR USE IN ESSENTIAL INDUSTRIES


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Rodney Young

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

Mr. RODNEY YOUNG (Vancouver Centre):

Will the Minister of Trade and Commerce inform the house as to the facility and speed with which permits will be granted for machinery and equipment imported from the United States for use in the fishing, logging, construction, mining and sawmill industries?

Topic:   IMPORT PERMITS
Subtopic:   MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT FOR USE IN ESSENTIAL INDUSTRIES
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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Trade and Commerce; Minister of Reconstruction and Supply)

Liberal

Right Hon. C. D. HOWE (Minister of Trade and Commerce):

As is well known, the policy established for the issuance of import permits under the terms of the Emergency Exchange Conservation Act provides that such permits will be issued for the importation of equipment required for essential industries, provided that such equipment is not available from Canadian sources. As the fishing, logging, construction, mining

and sawmill industries are considered essential to the economic welfare of Canada, import permits will not be withheld for equipment to be used by those industries, provided that alternative equipment cannot be obtained from Canadian manufacturers. Such permits as are requested will be issued immediately, provided that the proper information as to the end use and the non-availability of suitable alternative equipment from Canadian manufacturers is supplied at the time the permit is requested.

Topic:   IMPORT PERMITS
Subtopic:   MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT FOR USE IN ESSENTIAL INDUSTRIES
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LABOUR CONDITIONS

INQUIRY AS TO NEGOTIATIONS IN SEAMEN'S STRIKE


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Angus MacInnis

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

Mr. ANGUS MacINNIS (Vancouver East):

Press reports this morning indicate that the efforts of the Minister of Labour to open negotiations in the steamship companies' seamen's strike have fallen through. Is the minister going to make any other effort to bring the two parties together?

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO NEGOTIATIONS IN SEAMEN'S STRIKE
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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. HUMPHREY MITCHELL (Minister of Labour):

Mr. Speaker, I expected that the question would be asked this morning. I think I had better read the letter which I sent to Mr. Buckley with reference to the telegram he gave to the press yesterday. My letter states:

I have your telegram of June 24 and I have copy of the telegram you sent Mr. Matthewson.

There are two phases of the situation which might he mentioned:

The first is that a report which I quote hereunder has reached me and I am sure I do not need to make any comments. These events would have an effect, of course.

Welland

"Sixteen men were moving toward Port Colborne to man the ship John T. Burke tied up at Welland South dock. They were in a panel truck. Near Chambers corners the truck was stopped by a group of men travelling in a lorry, painted red. This group of men attacked the crew, beating them up unmercifully, with the result that five are now in hospital, five are missing and six are suffering from minor injuries.

The Ontario provincial police later impounded a Red-army-style lorry and detained ten men travelling in it."

Montreal-"Last night in Montreal harbour the crew of the S.iS. Mont Sandra went aboard the S.S. Kinmount, which was tied up at No. 3 grain elevator.

They were armed with axes and smashed various parts of the ship's furniture and equipment. They attacked the crew of the Kinmount, injuring four of the men to the extent they had to go to the hospital, and threw the galley stove overboard."

Inquiries of the Ministry

The other phase of the situation which I call to your attention is the fact that conversations between the negotiating committee and Mr. Matthewson were to be exploratory. I made this quite clear to you in our discussions. In your wire to Mr. Matthewson I think the difficulty is that you were too definite.

We are continuing our efforts.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO NEGOTIATIONS IN SEAMEN'S STRIKE
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PC

Thomas Langton Church

Progressive Conservative

Mr. CHURCH:

What is the intention of the government in connection with such occurrences as these? It is the duty of the government to try to bring the parties together. This has now reached the proportions of a national emergency. There is $10,000,000 in the estimates to pacify Europe; why not try to pacify those at home and bring the two sides together and settle matters?

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO NEGOTIATIONS IN SEAMEN'S STRIKE
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PC

Julian Harcourt Ferguson

Progressive Conservative

Mr. FERGUSON:

Mr. Speaker, when is the government going to do something about unions taking the law into their own hands and carrying on in the manner in which they do? There is utter disregard of the laws of this country. I would ask the Minister of Justice how much longer we are to tolerate a handful of men deliberately breaking the law, and owners of property trying to carry on without proper police protection.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO NEGOTIATIONS IN SEAMEN'S STRIKE
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LIB

James Horace King (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO NEGOTIATIONS IN SEAMEN'S STRIKE
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PC

Julian Harcourt Ferguson

Progressive Conservative

Mr. FERGUSON:

How much longer are men going to be able to attack other people's property with crowbars and axes, without the government stepping in and stopping that kind of nonsense?

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO NEGOTIATIONS IN SEAMEN'S STRIKE
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CCF

Angus MacInnis

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

Mr. MacINNIS:

I should like to direct a supplementary question-

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO NEGOTIATIONS IN SEAMEN'S STRIKE
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?

Some hon. MEMBERS:

Answer.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO NEGOTIATIONS IN SEAMEN'S STRIKE
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LIB

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

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, it is not always possible, I presume, for the authorities to preserve completei order in a country. But in this instance, as I have repeatedly said, the responsibility is that of the provincial authorities rather than the dominion authorities, for the preservation of law and order is within their territorial jurisdiction. The dominion has jurisdiction along the lines and in accordance with the principles I have stated to the house on several occasions.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO NEGOTIATIONS IN SEAMEN'S STRIKE
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PC

Julian Harcourt Ferguson

Progressive Conservative

Mr. FERGUSON:

Is it not the duty of the dominion government when piracy occurs to take immediate steps? That is not a provincial matter-it is piracy on the high seas, and that is a matter coming under the jurisdiction of the dominion government.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO NEGOTIATIONS IN SEAMEN'S STRIKE
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June 25, 1948