March 16, 1953

CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

REFERENCE OF ANNUAL REPORTS AND CERTAIN

LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Hon. Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport):

Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to table the following reports for the year ended December 31, 1952, in English and in French: annual report of the Canadian National Railways system; annual report of the Canadian National (West Indies) Steamships, Limited; annual report of the Canadian National Railways securities trust, and auditors' report to parliament in respect of the Canadian National Railways system and the Canadian National (West Indies) Steamships, Limited.

By leave of the house I move:

That the annual reports for 1952 of the Canadian National Railways system, the Canadian National (West Indies) Steamships Limited, the Canadian National Railways securities trust, and the auditors' report to parliament in respect of the Canadian National Railways and the Canadian National (West Indies) Steamships, tabled this day, be referred to the special committee on railways and shipping owned, operated and controlled by the government, together with the following items of estimates for 1953-54:

Vote 467-Prince Edward Island car ferry and terminals, deficit;

Vote 471-North Sydney, Nova Scotia-Port aux Basques ferry and terminals, deficit;

Vote 476-Maritime Freight Rates Act, payment of 20 per cent reduction in tariff of tolls to Canadian National Railways and other railways operating in the territory fixed by the act.

And that the resolution passed by the house on January 28, 1953, referring certain estimates to the committee of supply, be rescinded in so far as the said resolution relates to votes Nos. 467, 471 and 476.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   REFERENCE OF ANNUAL REPORTS AND CERTAIN
Sub-subtopic:   ESTIMATES TO RAILWAYS AND SHIPPING COMMITTEE
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Motion agreed to.


CANADIAN WHEAT BOARD ACT

AMENDMENTS RESPECTING CONSTITUTION, OPERATION, ETC.

LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Defence Production; Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Right Hon. C. D. Howe (Minister of Trade and Commerce) moved

for leave to introduce Bill No. 223, to amend the Canadian Wheat Board Act, 1935.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

Topic:   CANADIAN WHEAT BOARD ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENTS RESPECTING CONSTITUTION, OPERATION, ETC.
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QUESTIONS

CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

PENSIONS

CCF

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

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

1. How many retired employees of the Canadian National Railways are in receipt of pensions of less than $25 per month?

2. How many are in receipt of only the basic pension of $25 per month?

3. How many are in receipt of non-contributory service pensions, (a) $25.01 to $29.99 per month; (b) $30 to $39.99 per month; (c) $40 to $49.99 per month; (d) $50 to $59.99 per month; (e) $60 to $69.99 per month; (f) $70 to $79.99 per month; (g) $80 to $89.99 per month; (h) $90 to $99.99 per month;

(i) $100 to $124.99 per month; (j) $125 to $149.99 per month; (k) $150 or over per month?

4. How many are in receipt of pensions in part

basic and in part contributory, (a) $25.01 to $29.99 per month; (b) $30 to $39.99 per month; (c) $40 to $49.99 per month; (d) $50 to $59.99 per month; (e) $60 to $69.99 per month; (f) $70 to $79.99 per month; (g) $80 to $89.99 per month; (h) $90 to $99.99 per month: (i) $100 to $124.99 per month;

(j) $125 to $149.99 per month; (k) $150 or over per month?

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   PENSIONS
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L L

William Moore Benidickson (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transport)

Liberal Labour

Mr. Benidickson:

The Canadian National Railways advise as follows:

1. 17 under C.N.R. plan prior to 1935.

2. 3,206.

3. (a) $25.01 to $29.99 per month, 1,003;

(b) $30 to $39.99 per month, 661; (c) $40 to $49.99 per month, 371; (d) $50 to $59.99 per month, 202; (e) $60 to $69.99 per month, 109; (f) $70 to $79.99 per month, 94; (g) $80 to $89.99 per month, 40; (h) $90 to $99.99 per month, 31; (i) $100 to $124.99 per month, 49; (j) $125 to $149.99 per month, 18; (k) $150 or over per month, 21; total, 2,599.

4. (a) $25.01 to $29.99 per month, 403; (b) $30 to $39.99 per month, 1,886; (c) $40 to $49.99 per month, 1,508; (d) $50 to $59.99 per month, 1,128; (e) $60 to $69.99 per month, 1,034; (f) $70 to $79.99 per month, 945; (g) $80 to $89.99 per month, 831; (h) $90 to $99.99 per month, 717; (i) $100 to $124.99 per month, 1,310; (j) $125 to $149.99 per month, 813; (k) $150 or over per month, 1,127; total, 11,702.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   PENSIONS
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CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

PENSION

CCF

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

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

1. How many retired employees of the Canadian National Railways, on pension prior to January 1, 1952. have had the amount of their pension increased at any time since January 1, 1952, as the result of changes in the Canadian National Railways pension plan which came into effect in 1952?

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Questions

2. How many of those who have had such

increases were formerly on pensions of less than $50 per month? What is the average amount of their increases?

3. How many of those who have had such

increases were formerly on pensions of $50 per month to $99.99 per month? What is the average amount of their increases?

4. How many of those who have had such

increases were formerly on pensions of $100 per month to $149.99 per month? What is the average amount of their increases?

5. How many of those who have had such

increases were formerly on pensions of $150 or over per month? What is the average amount of their increases?

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   PENSION
Sub-subtopic:   INCREASES
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L L

William Moore Benidickson (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transport)

Liberal Labour

Mr. Benidickson:

The Canadian National Kail ways advise as follows:

1. 2,728 employees. Average increase $17.13 per month.

2. 375 employees. Average increase $5.76 per month.

3. 1,643 employees. Average increase $13.48 per month.

4. 591 employees. Average increase $25.60 per month.

5. 119 employees. Average increase $61.23 per month.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   PENSION
Sub-subtopic:   INCREASES
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CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

BASIC PENSION

CCF

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

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

1. Has any provision been made for any increase in the pensions of retired employees of the Canadian National Railways who are in receipt of only the basic pension of $25 per month?

2. Has any consideration been given by the government to increasing the amount of the said basic pension? If so, what is the result of such consideration?

3. Has the management of the Canadian National Railways discussed with the government the possibility of the amount of the said basic pension being increased? If so, are there any records of such discussions?

4. Has the management of the Canadian National Railways asked the government to approve of the Canadian National Railways increasing the amount of the said basic pension? If so, what was the government's answer?

5. Has the management of the Canadian National Railways asked the government to take the responsibility for providing an increase in the amount of the said basic pension? If so, what reply has the government made to any such request?

6. If no decision has yet been taken on this matter by the government, is the matter now under consideration?

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   BASIC PENSION
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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

Mr. Speaker, I should like to deal with this question orally.

The subject matter of this question was fully discussed last year in this house and in the railway committee. I would like to say to the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre (Mr. Knowles), who placed this question on the order paper, that no further consideration has been given by the government to increasing the basic pension of $25

per month to former employees of the Canadian National Railways who are in receipt of only this basic pension.

The reasons were given in the discussion which took place and no representations were received from the management of the Canadian National Railways on this question.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   BASIC PENSION
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March 16, 1953