March 9, 1953

LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. Douglas Abbott (Minister of Finance) moved

that the house go into committee at the next sitting to consider the following resolution:

That it is expedient to introduce a measure to revise the Civil Service Superannuation Act and to provide, amongst other things, for payment out of the consolidated revenue fund, as a matter of right, of annuities and other benefits to persons and to widows and children of persons who, having

paid contributions into the consolidated revenue fund while employed in the public service of Canada, cease to be so employed, and to continue payment out of the consolidated revenue fund, as a matter of right, of allowances granted under the Civil Service Superannuation Act.

He said: His Excellency the Governor

General, having been made acquainted with the subject matter of this resolution, recommends it to the consideration of the house.

Topic:   PUBLIC SERVICE SUPERANNUATION ACT
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR PRESENT AND FUTURE PAYMENT OF ANNUITIES AND OTHER BENEFITS
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Motion agreed to.


FISHERIES RESEARCH BOARD ACT

INCREASE OF MEMBERSHIP OF BOARD

LIB

Alphonse Fournier (Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Hon. Alphonse Fournier (for the Minister of Fisheries) moved

that the house go into committee at the next sitting to consider the following resolution:

That it is expedient to bring in a measure to amend the Fisheries Research Board Act to increase the membership of the board from fifteen to nineteen including the chairman; to provide for the appointment by the governor in council of a permanent chairman at such salary as may be fixed by the governor in council, and for the appointment by the minister of an acting chairman who may, if he is not a member of the public service, be paid such remuneration as may be fixed by the governor in council; and also to abolish the position of executive director.

He said: His Excellency the Governor

General, having been made acquainted with the subject matter of this resolution, recommends it to the consideration of the house.

Topic:   FISHERIES RESEARCH BOARD ACT
Subtopic:   INCREASE OF MEMBERSHIP OF BOARD
Sub-subtopic:   APPOINT- MENT OF PERMANENT CHAIRMAN, ETC.
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Motion agreed to.


LABOUR CONDITIONS

STRIKE OF GRAIN HANDLERS


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Albert Frederick Macdonald

Liberal

Mr. A. F. Macdonald (Edmonton East):

should like to direct a question to the Minister of Labour. Has the Minister of Labour anything further to report respecting the grain handlers' strike in Vancouver?

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   STRIKE OF GRAIN HANDLERS
Sub-subtopic:   MEDIATION BY DEPARTMENT OF LABOUR
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LIB

Milton Fowler Gregg (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, in addition to the hon. member for Edmonton East, the hon. member for Vancouver South (Mr. Laing), the hon. member for Vancouver-Quadra (Mr. Green), as well as others, indicated that they would like to have further information on this matter. I mentioned last Thursday that my department was watching the situation closely and would intervene again at the first sign that it might be useful to do so. Later in the week it appeared that further conciliation services might usefully be employed; therefore our chief conciliation officer from Ottawa

was assigned and proceeded at once to Vancouver. He is now in discussion with the parties.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   STRIKE OF GRAIN HANDLERS
Sub-subtopic:   MEDIATION BY DEPARTMENT OF LABOUR
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FREIGHT RATES

REQUEST FOR RESCISSION OR SUSPENSION OF INCREASE OF 7 PER CENT


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. M. J. Coldwell (Roseiown-Biggar):

May I direct a question to the Minister of Transport? In view of the announcement made this morning of an increase of 7 per cent in freight rates, will the government consider using its power under the Railway Act to rescind-I think that is the word in the act-or at least suspend the coming into effect of those rates until further consideration has been given to them?

Topic:   FREIGHT RATES
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR RESCISSION OR SUSPENSION OF INCREASE OF 7 PER CENT
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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Hon. Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport):

Mr. Speaker, I have not seen the

judgment which was handed down by the board of transport commissioners. I am sure my hon. friend realizes that it is a judgment which has to do with the application by the railways for increases in freight rates brought about by the increase in wages of certain classes of employees of the Canadian National Railways. That being so,

I am not too clear as to why the government should indicate that such a judgment should be rescinded. My recollection of prior judgments of the board is that if it can be established that the railways have been put to increased costs, because of increased wages, then I think the board must of necessity grant an increase in rates, provided that it meets with the facts. While I shall be very glad to consider the request made by my hon. friend, I doubt very much whether the decision would be in favour of a rescission.

Topic:   FREIGHT RATES
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR RESCISSION OR SUSPENSION OF INCREASE OF 7 PER CENT
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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. Coldwell:

May I just say a supplementary word? I had in mind the recommendation of the Turgeon commission that no further increase in rates should be granted until some steps toward equalization had been taken. I think there have been several increases, and this is one which affects the country to a very great extent.

Topic:   FREIGHT RATES
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR RESCISSION OR SUSPENSION OF INCREASE OF 7 PER CENT
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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

I do not think the Turgeon

commission had reference at all to a situation such as this.

Topic:   FREIGHT RATES
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR RESCISSION OR SUSPENSION OF INCREASE OF 7 PER CENT
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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

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

Mr. Coldwell:

Well, every situation. INQUIRY FOR RETURN

Topic:   FREIGHT RATES
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR RESCISSION OR SUSPENSION OF INCREASE OF 7 PER CENT
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WOODFALLE SCHOOL, ROCKCLIFFE

March 9, 1953