January 29, 1953

CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP

PRIVILEGE, MR. CRESTOHL ALLEGED DISCRIMINATION

LIB

Leon David Crestohl

Liberal

Mr. L. D. Crestohl (Cartier):

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of personal privilege. One of the qualifications for becoming a member of this house is to be a Canadian citizen. I am a Canadian by naturalization. I am now apprehensive, Mr. Speaker, that the rights of members of parliament who are Canadian citizens by naturalization, and the rights of every other naturalized Canadian, are being seriously encroached upon by one of the provincial legislatures.

Second reading is now being debated by the Quebec legislature of a bill which tends to create a distinction between citizens of Canada; that is, between those who are Canadians by birth and those who are Canadian by naturalization. This is being done by amending the provincial election act to compel Canadian citizens by naturalization to produce their citizenship certificate before voting.

Topic:   CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP
Subtopic:   PRIVILEGE, MR. CRESTOHL ALLEGED DISCRIMINATION
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PC

Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Graydon:

If anything was ever out of order, Mr. Speaker, this statement is.

Topic:   CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP
Subtopic:   PRIVILEGE, MR. CRESTOHL ALLEGED DISCRIMINATION
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LIB

Leon David Crestohl

Liberal

Mr. Crestohl:

If the hon. member will have patience for a moment or two, he will see my point of personal privilege.

This is a discrimination between Canadian citizens by naturalization and native-born Canadian citizens who are not obliged, under the proposed arrangement, to produce their birth certificates before voting.

I consider it to be an encroachment upon my status as a member of this house and I believe that steps should be taken, or that a statement should be made, to provide that provincial legislation cannot and should not differentiate between the rights of citizens of Canada, inasmuch as the status of citizenship is a matter which falls wholly within the jurisdiction of the federal parliament.

Topic:   CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP
Subtopic:   PRIVILEGE, MR. CRESTOHL ALLEGED DISCRIMINATION
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LABOUR CONDITIONS

STATEMENT ON THREATENED RAILWAY STRIKE

LIB

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

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, perhaps I might be allowed to make a brief statement about the 68108-92J

dispute between the Canadian railways and the Canadian Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen.

Spokesmen for both groups were here this morning and had a long interview with the Minister of Labour (Mr. Gregg), the Minister of Transport (Mr. Chevrier) and myself. At our suggestion they are meeting here at Ottawa this afternoon at three o'clock to continue the negotiations which were in process when they received last night our invitation to come up to Ottawa to let us know just what the position of each party was.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   STATEMENT ON THREATENED RAILWAY STRIKE
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PC

Gordon Graydon

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Graydon:

Does the chance of settlement look good?

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   STATEMENT ON THREATENED RAILWAY STRIKE
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Jean-Paul Stephen St-Laurent

Mr. Si. Laurent:

As long as the spokesmen for the interested parties are negotiating, I should not like to say anything that might have any bearing upon the outcome of their negotiations.

[Later:}

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   STATEMENT ON THREATENED RAILWAY STRIKE
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CCF

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

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

Mr. Stanley Knowles (Winnipeg North Centre):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask a question of the Prime Minister arising out of his statement with respect to the railway dispute. Perhaps I might be permitted to say I agree with the Prime Minister that, so long as the parties are negotiating, we should not discuss the subject matters in dispute.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   STATEMENT ON THREATENED RAILWAY STRIKE
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Some hon. Members:

Question.

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Subtopic:   STATEMENT ON THREATENED RAILWAY STRIKE
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CCF

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

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

Mr. Knowles:

However, there is one

question which does arise with respect to the relationship between the executive and parliament.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   STATEMENT ON THREATENED RAILWAY STRIKE
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LIB

Elie Beauregard (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Order. The hon. member,

I understand, is now about to put his question?

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   STATEMENT ON THREATENED RAILWAY STRIKE
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LIB

Jean Lesage (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance)

Liberal

Mr. Lesage:

At last.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   STATEMENT ON THREATENED RAILWAY STRIKE
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CCF

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

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

Mr. Knowles:

Will the Prime Minister say whether there is any truth in the report that the government has considered, if negotiations fail, taking action by order in council under the Emergency Powers Act; indeed will he assure parliament that any action taken will first of all be referred to parliament?

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Subtopic:   STATEMENT ON THREATENED RAILWAY STRIKE
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Jean-Paul Stephen St-Laurent

Mr. Si. Laurent:

Similar questions have

been asked me by newspapermen, and I have told them that we do not attempt to burn bridges until we get to them.

Questions

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Subtopic:   STATEMENT ON THREATENED RAILWAY STRIKE
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QUESTIONS

SECURITY REGULATIONS, ATOMIC PLANTS

PC

Lewis Elston Cardiff

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Cardiff:

What changes, If any, have been made in security regulations affecting non-Canadians, in regard to atomic plants in Canada, since January 1, 1952?

He said: I should like to have this question dropped for rewording.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   SECURITY REGULATIONS, ATOMIC PLANTS
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January 29, 1953