June 20, 1950

TRANSFER OF DUTIES

NORTHWEST TERRITORIES POWER COMMISSION

LIB

Louis Stephen St-Laurent (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Right Hon. L. S. St. Laurent (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to table a copy of an order in council dated June 16, 1950, pursuant to the powers conferred by the Public Service Rearrangement and Transfer of Duties Act, transferring to the Minister of Resources and Development the powers, duties and functions vested in the Minister of Mines and Resources by the Northwest Territories Power Commission Act. It was thought that that was done automatically by the act establishing the Department of Mines and Resources, but the law officers felt there was some doubt about it, and it was preferable to remove that doubt by passing an order in council expressly vesting in the Minister of Resources and Development those powers which, under the terms of the statute, were given to the Minister of Mines and Resources.

Topic:   TRANSFER OF DUTIES
Subtopic:   NORTHWEST TERRITORIES POWER COMMISSION
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RAILWAYS, CANALS AND TELEGRAPH LINES CHANGE IN PERSONNEL OF STANDING COMMITTEE

LIB-PRO

William Gilbert Weir (Chief Government Whip; Whip of the Liberal Party)

Liberal Progressive

Mr. W. G. Weir (Portage-Neepawa) moved:

That the name of Mr. Hatfield be substituted for that of Mr. Smith (Calgary West); and that the name of Mr. McLure be substituted for that of Mr. Harkness on the standing committee on railways, canals and telegraph lines.

Topic:   RAILWAYS, CANALS AND TELEGRAPH LINES CHANGE IN PERSONNEL OF STANDING COMMITTEE
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Motion agreed to.


MCINTYRE PORCUPINE MINES

QUESTION AS TO REJECTION OF CONCILIATION BOARD RECOMMENDATIONS


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 should like to direct a question to the Minister of Labour. Has the minister received notification that McIntyre Porcupine Mines Limited has rejected the recommendations of the board of conciliation appointed by the government, recommendations which had been accepted by local 100 of the Porcupine Mine Workers Union, and that a decision to strike has been taken? In view of the substantial assistance, amounting to $22 million, given to this company under the Emergency 55946-2434

Gold Mining Assistance Act, will the government take all steps necessary in the public interest to persuade the company to accept the conciliation board's recommendations, and thus bring the dispute to an end?

Topic:   MCINTYRE PORCUPINE MINES
Subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO REJECTION OF CONCILIATION BOARD RECOMMENDATIONS
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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour):

My hon. friend no doubt knows that this dispute comes under provincial jurisdiction. I believe the majority report recommended an increase in pay, certain paid holidays, and some form of check-off. I have no jurisdiction. Under legislation in force now, neither the federal government nor the provinces can enforce the findings of a conciliation board. I have always held the opinion that the sun does not shine on only one side of the fence. I know that employees sometimes turn down the majority report of the board. I take the long view that both industry and labour would be well advised to accept the majority report of a conciliation board.

At the moment there are some major disputes under my jurisdiction in which the majority report of the board has been turned down by the employees. I am fearful that the whole system of conciliation could easily break down if some judgment is not used by both sides in connection with the machinery that has been built up over the years, whether it be provincial or federal.

Topic:   MCINTYRE PORCUPINE MINES
Subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO REJECTION OF CONCILIATION BOARD RECOMMENDATIONS
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BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

QUESTION AS TO ESTIMATES TO BE CONSIDERED THIS DAY


On the orders of the day:


PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. George A. Drew (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, there is a question I should like to bring to the attention of the government, and it can be answered by either the Prime Minister or the Minister of National Health and Welfare. In announcing the business for today it was indicated that the first estimates to be dealt with would be those of the Department of Labour, after which the estimates of the Department of National Health and Welfare would be taken up. I am certain there will -be complete agreement on proceeding with the health estimates, but I should like the assurance that we shall not be proceeding with the welfare estimates. In view of the fact that a committee is sitting which has not yet reported, it would be impossible to discuss at the present time any of the welfare estimates.

Supply-Labour

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO ESTIMATES TO BE CONSIDERED THIS DAY
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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin (Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Liberal

Hon. Paul Martin (Minister of National Health and Welfare):

I think the suggestion of the hon. gentleman should commend itself to the house. When we reach the particular item he has in mind, which I take it would be the old age security item, we can let i stand. Would that be agreeable?

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO ESTIMATES TO BE CONSIDERED THIS DAY
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PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Drew:

Quite so. My point is that under the rules of the house we are no;, permitted to discuss a subject which is under consideration by a committee. It will be generally agreed that this subject is of the utmost importance, and that it would be unfortunate if discussion on the estimates were prevented by that rule. As long as the minister will agree to defer the item on which that discussion can take place, we can proceed without any misunderstanding.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO ESTIMATES TO BE CONSIDERED THIS DAY
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Mr. Marlin.@

That is agreeable.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   QUESTION AS TO ESTIMATES TO BE CONSIDERED THIS DAY
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FLOOD CONDITIONS

FRASER RIVER VALLEY-INQUIRY AS TO PRESENT SITUATION

June 20, 1950