October 21, 1957

UNEMPLOYMENT-INQUIRY AS TO LAY-OFFS IN B.C.


On the orders of the day:


LIB

James Sinclair

Liberal

Hon. James Sinclair (Coast-Capilano):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to direct a question to the Minister of Labour. Is the minister aware that 1,830 plywood plant workers in British Columbia were laid off this week end with little prospect in view of employment; and if he is aware of this situation what plans has his department to provide these men with alternate employment?

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT-INQUIRY AS TO LAY-OFFS IN B.C.
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PC

Michael Starr (Minister of Labour)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Michael Slarr (Minister of Labour):

Mr. Speaker, we have no information as to the number of men who have been laid off in the industry the hon. member mentioned. As to the plans, I wish to inform him that we will give this matter very serious consideration upon investigation.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT-INQUIRY AS TO LAY-OFFS IN B.C.
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PIPE LINES

TRANS-CANADA PIPE LINES INQUIRY AS TO EXPLOSIONS IN MANITOBA


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Alexander Maxwell (Max) Campbell

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

Mr. A. M. Campbell (The Baitlefords):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to direct a series of questions to the Prime Minister. Has the attention of the government been drawn to the repeated explosions which have taken place in the Trans-Canada pipe line in Manitoba? Is any form of inspection being made by any department of government before the pipe is buried? If not, will the government consider making such inspection? What is the thickness of the pipe being used in this project?

Topic:   PIPE LINES
Subtopic:   TRANS-CANADA PIPE LINES INQUIRY AS TO EXPLOSIONS IN MANITOBA
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, the hon. gentleman was kind enough to give me notice of the several questions he has asked.

The answer to the first question is that the government has had its attention drawn to one or two explosions that have taken place.

The answer to the second question is no. After the completion of a job, or a series of jobs, the inspection that is made is made by the board of transport commissioners. Once the pipe has been laid, then, under pressure, gas is put through the pipe and the inspection is made to determine whether there are any weaknesses. Indeed, my

information is that any other inspection, except under actual conditions, would not be effectual to reveal inherent or hidden defects. The responsibility for inspection has been placed by parliament on the board of transport commissioners.

The answer to the last question is that I have not been able to procure the information. I had a communication directed to the proper authorities but as yet I have not that information. When it is secured it will be given to the hon. gentleman.

Topic:   PIPE LINES
Subtopic:   TRANS-CANADA PIPE LINES INQUIRY AS TO EXPLOSIONS IN MANITOBA
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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 Norih Centre):

Mr. Speaker, may I ask a supplementary question. Can the Prime Minister say whether the board of transport commissioners has made any report on the explosions that have already taken place, as to their causes or as to anything that may be done to prevent further such explosions?

Topic:   PIPE LINES
Subtopic:   TRANS-CANADA PIPE LINES INQUIRY AS TO EXPLOSIONS IN MANITOBA
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

I have no information in that regard, but will communicate with the board in order to secure an answer.

Topic:   PIPE LINES
Subtopic:   TRANS-CANADA PIPE LINES INQUIRY AS TO EXPLOSIONS IN MANITOBA
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CCF

Alexander Maxwell (Max) Campbell

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

Mr. Campbell (The Baitlefords):

Does the Prime Minister not think it might be desirable to have an inspection of this pipe by one of his departments before it is put under the ground?

Topic:   PIPE LINES
Subtopic:   TRANS-CANADA PIPE LINES INQUIRY AS TO EXPLOSIONS IN MANITOBA
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Mr. Speaker, the desirability, of course, would be determined by the results to be achieved. The information that has been given to me, based as it is on experience, indicates that any visual inspection or anything of that kind would not be effectual in revealing those defects which have brought about the explosions in question.

Topic:   PIPE LINES
Subtopic:   TRANS-CANADA PIPE LINES INQUIRY AS TO EXPLOSIONS IN MANITOBA
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DOMINION-PROVINCIAL CONFERENCE AGRICULTURE REQUEST FOR RECONSIDERATION OF CANCELLATION OF ANNUAL MEETING


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Alexander Malcolm Nicholson

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

Mr. A. M. Nicholson (Mackenzie):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Agriculture. Will the minister reconsider his decision to cancel the annual conference of federal-provincial agricultural officials with the representatives of organized farmers to discuss current farm problems?

Topic:   DOMINION-PROVINCIAL CONFERENCE AGRICULTURE REQUEST FOR RECONSIDERATION OF CANCELLATION OF ANNUAL MEETING
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PC

Douglas Scott Harkness (Minister of Agriculture)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Douglas S. Harkness (Minister of Agriculture):

I do not think there is any need to reconsider this decision. The decision was made in view of the fact that the provincial ministers of agriculture were all here at a meeting with me. The advisory committee on agricultural matters met here for two days. The federation of agriculture and the farm

unions both presented briefs to the new cabinet during the course of the past several weeks; therefore it was felt that no good purpose would be served by having a further conference. I might say that the great majority of people concerned who were consulted in regard to this matter before any decision was taken took the position that it would be better not to have a conference this year in view of the numerous conferences which had already been held in connection with those agricultural matters which would be normally discussed at the annual conference.

Topic:   DOMINION-PROVINCIAL CONFERENCE AGRICULTURE REQUEST FOR RECONSIDERATION OF CANCELLATION OF ANNUAL MEETING
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LIB

James Garfield Gardiner

Liberal

Right Hon. J. G. Gardiner (Melville):

May

I ask the Minister of Agriculture a further question on the matter referred to a few moments ago. I am not sure that I am clear as to what conference it is that he has decided not to call. Is it some conference that was convened and has been dropped?

Topic:   DOMINION-PROVINCIAL CONFERENCE AGRICULTURE REQUEST FOR RECONSIDERATION OF CANCELLATION OF ANNUAL MEETING
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PC

Douglas Scott Harkness (Minister of Agriculture)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Harkness:

It is the annual agricultural conference-

Topic:   DOMINION-PROVINCIAL CONFERENCE AGRICULTURE REQUEST FOR RECONSIDERATION OF CANCELLATION OF ANNUAL MEETING
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LIB

James Garfield Gardiner

Liberal

Mr. Gardiner:

The first week in December.

Topic:   DOMINION-PROVINCIAL CONFERENCE AGRICULTURE REQUEST FOR RECONSIDERATION OF CANCELLATION OF ANNUAL MEETING
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October 21, 1957