November 5, 1957

INDIAN ACT

AMENDMENT TO ELIMINATE WAIVER FORM IN FEDERAL ELECTIONS

CCF

Frank Howard

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

Mr. Frank Howard (Skeena) moved

for leave to introduce Bill No. 24, to amend the Indian Act.

Topic:   INDIAN ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO ELIMINATE WAIVER FORM IN FEDERAL ELECTIONS
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Some hon. Members:

Explain.

Topic:   INDIAN ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO ELIMINATE WAIVER FORM IN FEDERAL ELECTIONS
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CCF

Frank Howard

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

Mr. Howard:

Mr. Speaker, the purpose of this bill is to eliminate the necessity of an Indian having to sign a waiver form before he has the right to vote in federal elections. This bill should be taken in conjunction with another bill standing in my name on the order paper.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

Topic:   INDIAN ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO ELIMINATE WAIVER FORM IN FEDERAL ELECTIONS
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CANADA ELECTIONS ACT

AMENDMENT TO GIVE INDIANS THE RIGHT TO VOTE

CCF

Frank Howard

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

Mr. Frank Howard (Skeena) moved

for leave to introduce Bill No. 25, to amend the Canada Elections Act.

Topic:   CANADA ELECTIONS ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO GIVE INDIANS THE RIGHT TO VOTE
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Some hon. Members:

Explain.

Topic:   CANADA ELECTIONS ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO GIVE INDIANS THE RIGHT TO VOTE
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CCF

Frank Howard

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

Mr. Howard:

As I said before, this bill and the one to amend the Indian Act go together. Presently native Indians are not allowed to vote in federal elections. The purpose of this bill is to remove that disqualification and put them on the same basis as anyone else.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

Topic:   CANADA ELECTIONS ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO GIVE INDIANS THE RIGHT TO VOTE
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LABOUR CONDITIONS

BRITISH COLUMBIA


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Harold Edward Winch

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

Mr. Harold E. Winch (Vancouver East):

Mr. Speaker, I desire to direct a question to the Prime Minister, or, in his absence, to the house leader, the Minister of Public Works. I gave notice of the question to the Prime Minister this morning.

Has the attention of the Prime Minister been drawn to a telegram from Mr. K. A. Smith, board member of the mine, mill and

smelter workers, to the effect that the Howe Sound Company in British Columbia declare that their operations at Britannia Beach will have to be closed, throwing 800 persons out of employment, unless immediate assistance can be forthcoming to the base metals industry? Is the Prime Minister or, in his absence, the house leader in a position to inform the house as to any possible government action to prevent the calamity of the closing of a major industry in British Columbia with 800 persons being thrown out of work, in about two weeks?

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   BRITISH COLUMBIA
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED CLOSING DOWN OF HOWE SOUND COMPANY
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PC

Howard Charles Green (Minister of Defence Production; Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Howard C. Green (Minister of Public Works):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to thank the hon. member for Vancouver East for letting us have notice of his question. I also received this wire, and no doubt it has come to other members from British Columbia.

As the hon. member knows, the Minister of Labour (Mr. Starr) has been doing his best for some time to prevent the closing down of this mine, and he will continue to do so. In addition, steps were taken to persuade the United States government that action should not be taken to raise the duty on copper.

The wire in question mentions the fact of prices having dropped. Of course the price of copper is set on the world market, and I am afraid the government cannot do much about that matter.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   BRITISH COLUMBIA
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED CLOSING DOWN OF HOWE SOUND COMPANY
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SC

Thomas James Irwin

Social Credit

Mr. T. J. Irwin (Burnaby-Richmond):

Mr. Speaker, I have a supplementary question. I wish to direct it to the Minister of Mines and Technical Surveys. I may say that I have given him notice of it. In view of the fact that it is indicated by the board of directors of Howe Sound Company that at a meeting to be held by such board on November 19, 1957, the Britannia property will close down in the face of price deterioration, what action has the government taken in regard to the brief submitted by the international union of mine, mill and smelter workers dated August 19, 1957?

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   BRITISH COLUMBIA
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED CLOSING DOWN OF HOWE SOUND COMPANY
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PC

Paul Comtois (Minister of Mines and Technical Surveys)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Paul Comtois (Minister of Mines and Technical Surveys):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to thank the hon. member for Burnaby-Richmond for his courtesy in giving me notice of his question. As the matter referred to is of interest to the Prime Minister (Mr. 756 HOUSE OF

Inquiries of the Ministry Diefenbaker) and to my colleague the Minister of Trade and Commerce (Mr. Churchill) I will take the question as notice and will answer it on the earliest possible occasion.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   BRITISH COLUMBIA
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED CLOSING DOWN OF HOWE SOUND COMPANY
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CCF

Herbert Wilfred Herridge

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

Mr. H. W. Herridge (Kootenay West):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to direct to the house leader a question supplementary to the one asked by the hon. member for Vancouver East. Will the government give consideration to getting in touch with the government of British Columbia in order to see what cooperative action between the two governments may be taken to prevent that calamity which has been referred to?

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   BRITISH COLUMBIA
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED CLOSING DOWN OF HOWE SOUND COMPANY
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PC

Howard Charles Green (Minister of Defence Production; Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Green:

Mr. Speaker, I shall be glad to take that suggestion into consideration. The Minister of Labour is not here. I am not sure whether he may not have already done that. Of course the primary responsibility in this case rests with the provincial government.

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Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   BRITISH COLUMBIA
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED CLOSING DOWN OF HOWE SOUND COMPANY
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CCF

Harold Edward Winch

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

Mr. Winch:

Mr. Speaker, I almost shudder because I want to ask a supplementary question to the first question asked on the order paper. You will admit, Mr. Speaker, that I have been getting up and down like a jack in the box.

I would like to ask a supplementary question on the first question asked of the Minister of Public Works as leader of the house, relative to the threatened closing of the Britannia mine. Would the house leader give an explanation as to exactly what he meant by his statement here today that the responsibility lies with the provincial government, in view of the fact that exports, tariffs and subsidies are of a federal nature? Secondly, would the minister please tell us if the federal government is going to take any action to try to stop the closing of this major industry in British Columbia?

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   BRITISH COLUMBIA
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED CLOSING DOWN OF HOWE SOUND COMPANY
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November 5, 1957