March 17, 1949

PC

Frank Exton Lennard

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Lennard:

How many ex-employees on pension from the Canadian National Railways are receiving the minimum pension of $300 per year?

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   RETIRED
Sub-subtopic:   EMPLOYEES ON MINIMUM PENSION
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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

The number of retired

employees of the Canadian National Railways who were in receipt of the minimum pension of $300 per year was 2,798 at February 28, 1949.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   RETIRED
Sub-subtopic:   EMPLOYEES ON MINIMUM PENSION
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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE COMMISSION

LABOUR-MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES

CCF

Mr. Knowles: (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

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

1. How many labour-management committees are operating in Canada?

2. What arrangements for labour-management cooperation obtain in the unemployment insurance commission?

3. Is there any special grievance procedure?

4. Is any recognition given to organizations of employees? If so, what is the nature of such recognition?

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE COMMISSION
Subtopic:   LABOUR-MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES
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LIB

Mr. Cote (Verdun): (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Labour)

Liberal

1. The Department of Labour encourages the establishment of labour-management production committees in Canadian industry, and, as at March 15, 1949, had a record of 608 such committees in operation.

2. Associations of employees have been organized and are maintained on a national as well as a local basis, and employees are free to join those of their choice.

3. The unemployment insurance commission sets up appeal boards to hear grievances, on which boards employees concerned have direct representation through their respective associations.

4. Unemployment insurance commission recognizes all organizations of its employees and meets their national officers as and when requested.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE COMMISSION
Subtopic:   LABOUR-MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES
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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE COMMISSION-EMPLOYEES

CCF

Mr. Knowles: (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

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

1. What is the total number of persons employed by the unemployment insurance commission?

2. How many are employed at the head office in Ottawa?

3. How many are employed in each region?

4. In each case, how many of these employees are permanent?

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE COMMISSION-EMPLOYEES
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PC

Mr. Cole (Verdun):

Progressive Conservative

1. 6,934 regular employees (including 1,783 permanent) and 410 casual employees.

2. 356 regular employees (including 103 permanent) and 34 casual employees.

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3. Maritime-635 regular employees (including 160 permanent) and 27 casual employees.

Quebec-1,881 regular employees (including 332 permanent) and 78 casual employees.

Ontario-2,008 regular employees (including 581 permanent) and 120 casual employees.

Prairie-1,226 regular employees (including 366 permanent) and 27 casual employees.

Pacific-828 regular employees (including 241 permanent) and 124 casual employees.

4. See answers to questions 1, 2 and 3 above.

(All figures quoted are as at February 28, 1949.)

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE COMMISSION-EMPLOYEES
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STRAIT OF CANSO BRIDGE

LIB

Mr. Isnor:

Liberal

1. Will the proposed strait of Canso bridge provide for railway lines?

2. If so (a) will the Canadian National Railways be asked to relocate their lines; (b) will new railway terminals be constructed; (c) what time, if any, will be saved in passenger train service; (d) what is the estimated railway grade across the bridge; (e) what is the grade on the Nova Scotia approach; (f) what is the grade on the Cape Breton approach?

3. What is the estimated miles of reconstruction of the Canadian National Railways on both the Nova Scotia mainland and the Cape Breton side?

Topic:   STRAIT OF CANSO BRIDGE
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LIB

Mr. Chevrier: (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

1. Yes.

2. (a) Yes. (b) Canadian National Railways advise that the construction of new railway terminals will not be necessary, (c) 50 minutes, (d) zero, (e) 0-8 per cent, (f) 10 per cent.

3. On Nova Scotia mainland-20 0 miles; on Cape Breton Island-10 miles.

Topic:   STRAIT OF CANSO BRIDGE
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QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS

UNEMPLOYMENT

PUBLIC WORKS

CCF

Mr. McCullough (Assiniboia):

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

1. Under the government shelf of pubic works program, has the government worked out a per employee cost formula, which would provide employment for an employee on the job, and off the site?

2. If so, on what basis is the formula arrived at?

3. For how many people, and for what length of employment, could the government provide work under the present allocation of funds for that purpose?

4. Is this program contingent upon co-operation of the provinces, cities, or local communities?

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT
Subtopic:   PUBLIC WORKS
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QUEBEC-MONTREAL SHIP CHANNEL

PC

Mr. Church:

Progressive Conservative

1. What was the cost of the steamship channel between Quebec and Montreal to make this river navigable for all kinds of ocean marine traffic since its inception to date for (a) capital; (b) annual maintenance including dredging, aids to navigation, and all other maintenance charges herein, per annum?

Orders for Returns

2. Who paid the estimated total cost of these capital national improvements for marine purposes, and also for maintenance, and what was the grand total cost of this very necessary and important national work for Canada?

Topic:   QUEBEC-MONTREAL SHIP CHANNEL
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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

The second part of this question is almost impossible to answer. However, I have the answer to paragraph (a) of part 1, and to the part having to do with annual maintenance including dredging. To that extent I should like to make this an order for return, now tabled.

Topic:   QUEBEC-MONTREAL SHIP CHANNEL
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WHEAT BOARD-DELIVERIES FROM ONTARIO AND QUEBEC EXPORTS, PRICES, ETC.

March 17, 1949