March 11, 1952

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Some hon. Members:

Order paper.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Subtopic:   FOOT-AND-MOUTH DISEASE-PACKING PLANT WORKERS
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LIB

Albert Frederick Macdonald

Liberal

Mr. Macdonald (Edmonton East):

-brought about by the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease?

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Subtopic:   FOOT-AND-MOUTH DISEASE-PACKING PLANT WORKERS
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LIB

Milton Fowler Gregg (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. Milton F. Gregg (Minister of Labour):

If it is your ruling that I should reply, Mr. Speaker, may I say that the hon. member kindly sent me notice of his question, and the hon. member for St. Boniface (Mr. Viau) also sent word that he was going to ask a similar question. Perhaps I might answer both of them briefly.

The amendments to the Unemployment Insurance Act need further study by the commission and the advisory committee to the commission before being presented to the house. I do not think they can be brought to bear upon the situation mentioned in the immediate future. In the meantime, however, both unemployment insurance commission services, namely, the insurance benefits and

Inquiries of the Ministry the national employment service, are doing their utmost to help in the situation brought about by the outbreak of this disease.

Perhaps the house might be interested to learn how the matter of unemployed among packing plant workers stands at the present time. Since this situation arose the unemployment insurance commission has provided me with regular reports on the number of packing plant workers who have actually been thrown out of work as a direct result of the outbreak. I stress the word "actually" because there have been a good many rumours and suggestions as to what may and perhaps will happen in the future; but taking it from east to west the actual situation is as follows:

Total packing plant

Total packing workers

plant including

workers stockyard

as at workers

1 Jan. '52 laid off as at 10 Mar. '52

Maritime provinces .. 585 0Quebec 4,173 66Ontario 7,853 166Manitoba 2,790 147Saskatchewan 1,274 152Alberta 3,218 227British Columbia 1,396 63Total 21,289 821I should indicate, perhaps, that the

prospects of more men being laid off in future appear to be greater in Manitoba than in the other provinces.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Subtopic:   FOOT-AND-MOUTH DISEASE-PACKING PLANT WORKERS
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CCF

Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

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

Mr. Knowles:

Mr. Speaker, may I ask a supplementary question? Has the government given consideration to the request of the packing house workers for federal compensation to make up the difference between unemployment insurance benefits and the actual wages lost by those workers due to the emergency caused by the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease?

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Subtopic:   FOOT-AND-MOUTH DISEASE-PACKING PLANT WORKERS
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LIB

Milton Fowler Gregg (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. Gregg:

No.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Subtopic:   FOOT-AND-MOUTH DISEASE-PACKING PLANT WORKERS
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CCF

Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

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

Mr. Knowles:

Not even consideration?

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Subtopic:   FOOT-AND-MOUTH DISEASE-PACKING PLANT WORKERS
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NATIONAL DEFENCE

INQUIRY AS TO PROVISION OF CIGARETTES FOR TROOPS IN GERMANY


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Clarence Gillis

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

Mr. Clarence Gillis (Cape Breton South):

Has the attention of the Minister of National Defence been drawn to a statement in this morning's Globe and Mail to the effect that the 27th brigade in Europe are not able to obtain cigarettes which have been ordered from this country, while at the same time the tobacco companies in Canada are complaining of a lack of markets? Why cannot the troops in

Germany be supplied with the cigarettes which according to this statement were ordered some five or six months ago?

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO PROVISION OF CIGARETTES FOR TROOPS IN GERMANY
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LIB

George Alexander Cruickshank

Liberal

Mr. Cruickshank:

Read the letter.

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO PROVISION OF CIGARETTES FOR TROOPS IN GERMANY
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LIB

Brooke Claxton (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Hon. Brooke Claxion (Minister of National Defence):

I have to thank the hon. member for Cape Breton South for drawing my attention to this article in the Globe and Mail, which I had not seen until now. Arrangements have been made for Canadian soldiers to order duty-free cigarettes through their pay accounts from the Canadian tobacco companies. There has been some delay in delivery, however, due to the fact that surface mails are used; and no delay can be attributed to the tobacco companies. I understand arrangements are also being made for stocking tobacco and other Canadian products in the canteens and clubs which service Canadian troops. As soon as those arrangements are completed they will be able to buy Canadian cigarettes and other Canadian goods at canteens and clubs for cash.

[Later: ]

On the orders of the day:

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO PROVISION OF CIGARETTES FOR TROOPS IN GERMANY
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LIB

Brooke Claxton (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. Claxion:

If I might supplement the answer I gave to the hon. member for Cape Breton South, I have since received additional information to the effect that early in February cigarettes from Canada were delivered to the troops in Germany and they were then quite satisfied with the situation.

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO PROVISION OF CIGARETTES FOR TROOPS IN GERMANY
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CITY OF OTTAWA

CONDITION OF STREETS LEADING TO PARLIAMENT HILL


On the orders of the day:


PC

Julian Harcourt Ferguson

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. H. Ferguson (Simcoe North):

wonder if the Minister of Public Works could say when Mayor Charlotte Whitton of Ottawa will realize the filthy condition of some of the streets leading to parliament hill.

Topic:   CITY OF OTTAWA
Subtopic:   CONDITION OF STREETS LEADING TO PARLIAMENT HILL
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FISHERIES

MARITIME PROVINCES


On the orders of the day:


March 11, 1952