March 16, 1954

LIB

Milton Fowler Gregg (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

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

The answer is yes, that question is now being studied.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO INCLUSION OF FISHERMEN UNDER UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE ACT
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COMMUNICATIONS

SALE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE SYSTEM


On the orders of the day:


PC

Edmund Davie Fulton

Progressive Conservative

Mr. E. D. Fulton (Kamloops):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Transport, arising out of a telegram which I received today from the Amalgamated Civil Servants of Canada in connection with the transfer of the physical assets of the government telegraph and telephone system of British Columbia. Can the minister say what progress is being made in negotiations with the purchasers regarding the question of

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Inquiries of the Ministry seniority and superannuation rights of the employees of the government system, and other related matters?

Topic:   COMMUNICATIONS
Subtopic:   SALE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE SYSTEM
Sub-subtopic:   PROVISION FOR EMPLOYEES
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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Hon. Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport):

I can add nothing to what I have already said in the house in answer to the question which was asked by the hon. member for Vancouver East and also by the hon. member himself. At that time I said that negotiations were proceeding and I hoped it would be possible to effect a transfer by April 1. Since then I have received no information to impart to the house.

Topic:   COMMUNICATIONS
Subtopic:   SALE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE SYSTEM
Sub-subtopic:   PROVISION FOR EMPLOYEES
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PC

Edmund Davie Fulton

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fulton:

May I ask a supplementary question? Will the government give an opportunity to the house to discuss this matter prior to the effective date of transfer, namely April 1?

Topic:   COMMUNICATIONS
Subtopic:   SALE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE SYSTEM
Sub-subtopic:   PROVISION FOR EMPLOYEES
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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

I do not think that would be possible, particularly if the agreement between the government and the private companies has not yet been completed. In any event, there will be ample opportunity on one occasion, if not two, to discuss the matter fully.

Topic:   COMMUNICATIONS
Subtopic:   SALE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE SYSTEM
Sub-subtopic:   PROVISION FOR EMPLOYEES
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DUMPING

DAFFODILS-REPORTED UNITED STATES IMPORTATIONS INTO VANCOUVER


On the orders of the day:


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Mr. A. B. Paiferson@Fraser Valley

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Minister of National Revenue. In view of information received that customs officials have disclaimed knowledge of regulations governing the importation of great quantities of daffodils into Vancouver, will the minister give assurance that the protest of the British Columbia bulb growers' association is being given consideration and that steps will be taken to remedy the present unsatisfactory situation?

Topic:   DUMPING
Subtopic:   DAFFODILS-REPORTED UNITED STATES IMPORTATIONS INTO VANCOUVER
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LIB

James Joseph McCann (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Hon. J. J. McCann (Minister of National Revenue):

1 have grave doubts that the customs officials have disclaimed knowledge of the regulations governing the importation of quantities of daffodils into Vancouver, because I have before me copy of order 42, supplement 11, dated December 18, 1953, which went to all appraisers and which gave directions with reference to the importation of flowers.

However, in view of the hon. gentleman's question I would say that the protest of the British Columbia bulb growers' association is being given consideration and steps are being taken to ensure that field daffodils are entered in accordance with the provisions of the Customs Tariff and the Customs Act.

Topic:   DUMPING
Subtopic:   DAFFODILS-REPORTED UNITED STATES IMPORTATIONS INTO VANCOUVER
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LABOUR CONDITIONS

INQUIRY AS TO NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES IN TEXTILE INDUSTRY ON SHORT TIME


On the orders of the day:


PC

Wallace Bickford (Wally) Nesbitt

Progressive Conservative

Mr. W. B. Nesbitt (Oxford):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Labour. Has the minister as yet any figures available as to the number of those on short time in the textile industry?

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES IN TEXTILE INDUSTRY ON SHORT TIME
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LIB

Milton Fowler Gregg (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member for Oxford asked a similar question some time ago and at that time I replied as follows, as reported on page 1489 of Hansard of January 27, 1954:

There was no over-all estimate made based on the labour force survey of the number of people working on a short-time basis in the textile industry.

So that the answer to the hon. member's question is no, but perhaps the following information will bear upon his question. I have looked into this matter further and find that, while we do know the number of people who make claims for unemployment insurance because of short-time employment, this information is not available on an occupational or industry basis. As the hon. member will, I am sure, realize, it would be a large undertaking to maintain such detailed figures on a regular basis.

The best indication that I can give the hon. member of the change in the employment situation in the textile industry over the past year, along the lines he has in mind, is the average hours worked per week this winter compared with last winter. In December, 1952, the average number of hours worked by firms in this industry as reported to the dominion bureau of statistics was 43-7. A year later, in 1953, the average number of hours worked per week had fallen to 40-6. This represents a reduction of 7-1 per cent. The reduction was larger in the cottons branch of the primary textile industry than in the woollens and synthetic and silk sections. The reductions were 11-5 per cent for cottons, 6 [DOT] 3 per cent for woollens, and 5 [DOT] 0 per cent for synthetics and silk.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES IN TEXTILE INDUSTRY ON SHORT TIME
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PC

Ellen Louks Fairclough

Progressive Conservative

Mrs. Ellen L. Fairclough (Hamilton West):

Has the Minister of Labour any further information as to the number of people involved in those hours of work?

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES IN TEXTILE INDUSTRY ON SHORT TIME
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LIB

Milton Fowler Gregg (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. Gregg:

No. Our figures are not adapted to provide that.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES IN TEXTILE INDUSTRY ON SHORT TIME
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March 16, 1954