April 8, 1954

PC

Donald Methuen Fleming

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Donald M. Fleming (Eglinton):

May I

direct a question to the Secretary of State for External Affairs. What is the position of the Canadian government with reference to the proposal of President Eisenhower and Mr. Dulles that certain western nations should join together in issuing a warning to the government of China with respect to Indochina and armed participation in the hostilities there? What communications has the Canadian government received or sent on this subject?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   INDO-CHINA UNITED STATES PROPOSAL TO ISSUE WARNING TO GOVERNMENT OF CHINA
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. L. B. Pearson (Secretary of Slate for External Affairs):

We have not been invited to join in any such warning, and we are making inquiries in Washington in order to ascertain, if possible, the nature of any proposal that the United States may have in this regard.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   INDO-CHINA UNITED STATES PROPOSAL TO ISSUE WARNING TO GOVERNMENT OF CHINA
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REPORTED ATTEMPTS TO SELL RED CHINA BONDS


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PC

Howard Charles Green

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Howard C. Green (Vancouver-Quadra):

I should like to direct a question to the Secretary of State for External Affairs. Will the minister have an investigation made in Vancouver with respect to whether attempts are being made there to sell red China government bonds to Canadians of Chinese origin and, if so, whether threats of retaliation against relatives in China are being made in connection with attempts to sell the bonds?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   REPORTED ATTEMPTS TO SELL RED CHINA BONDS
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. L. B. Pearson (Secretary of Stale for External Affairs):

I will be glad to look into the matter. Meanwhile, if the hon. member has any information concerning this matter I would be grateful if he would make it available to us.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   REPORTED ATTEMPTS TO SELL RED CHINA BONDS
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PC

Howard Charles Green

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

I have a press report here which I would be glad to give the minister.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   REPORTED ATTEMPTS TO SELL RED CHINA BONDS
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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Milton Fowler Gregg (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

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

I should like to refer to the question raised by the hon. member for Ontario on April 1 and a similar question asked by the hon. member for Oxford on March 24, the answer to which appears at page 3322 of Hansard of March 25. I have not yet received any final report from the commission on this point.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Sub-subtopic:   INVESTIGATION BY COMMISSION CONCERNING LOST TIME
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REQUEST FOR EXTENSION OF SUPPLEMENTARY BENEFITS


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Milton Fowler Gregg (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

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

I should like to answer the question asked yesterday in my absence by the hon. member for Hamilton West. It is to be found at page 3855 of Hansard and reads as follows:

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Labour or whoever is acting for him. Will the acting minister say whether consideration is being given by the unemployment insurance commission to the extension of the period for the payment of supplementary benefits beyond April 15?

Inquiries of the Ministry

The government is not considering any action at this time to alter the date fixed by parliament two years ago for the termination of these special seasonal benefits.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR EXTENSION OF SUPPLEMENTARY BENEFITS
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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 Norlh Centre):

Mr. Speaker, may I direct a question to the Minister of Labour supplementary to the one he answered a moment ago in reply to the hon. member for Hamilton West? Can the minister answer the question, notice of which I sent him yesterday, arising out of a report in yesterday's Montreal Gazette concerning 6,000 unemployed persons in Montreal whose supplementary unemployment insurance benefits will expire on April 15? Can the minister say how many persons there are in that same position, by provinces?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR EXTENSION OF SUPPLEMENTARY BENEFITS
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LIB

Milton Fowler Gregg (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. Gregg:

The number of persons who

were paid supplementary benefits during the last week of March, 1954, which is the last week on record, is as follows:

Area Number

Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, New

Brunswick and Nova Scotia 9,816

Quebec 26,334

Ontario (east of lakehead) 19,034

Western Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan

and Alberta 11,561

British Columbia 8,249

74,994

The house will note, of course, that these totals correspond with the five regional administrative areas of the commission. The same information is not yet available broken down by provinces. No information is available as to the number included in the above who will exhaust their supplementary benefits between April 3 and April 15, and the number who will be paid up to and including April 15. It should be pointed out that, as benefits are paid in arrears, those who have entitlement up to April 15 will receive their last week's benefit during the week ending April 24.

With regard to the city of Montreal, there were 6,168 persons paid supplementary benefits during the last week in March. The port of Montreal is now open and a construction program is getting under way, so we feel sure that these activities will absorb a substantial number of workers.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR EXTENSION OF SUPPLEMENTARY BENEFITS
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CCF

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

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

Mr. Knowles:

Is it understood, then, that those persons, totalling nearly 75,000, will all be without any unemployment insurance benefit after April 15 or after April 24?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR EXTENSION OF SUPPLEMENTARY BENEFITS
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LIB

Milton Fowler Gregg (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. Gregg:

Yes, Mr. Speaker, if they are up to then in receipt of supplementary benefits.

Inquiries of the Ministry

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR EXTENSION OF SUPPLEMENTARY BENEFITS
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CCF

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

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

Mr. Knowles:

Is that not something the government should do something about?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR EXTENSION OF SUPPLEMENTARY BENEFITS
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FERRY SERVICE


On the orders of the day:


April 8, 1954