December 5, 1957

PRIVILEGE

MR. VILLENEUVE (ROBERVAL) PROTEST AGAINST TELEVISION DESIGNATION OF LAKE ST. JOHN

LIB

Georges Villeneuve

Liberal

Mr. Georges Villeneuve (Roberval):

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of privilege to protest against the T.V. program "Pays et Merveilles" carried last night over the C.B.C. network and which had as its guest the president of the Saguenay historical society.

In the course of that program, a certain controversial theory was brought up with regard to a so-called kingdom of the Saguenay. The guest in question held the view that this area and the Saguenay district are one and the same. I wish to go on record as protesting against this statement since it tends to describe as a single area several different areas including the Lake St. John district, where I live, which has never gone under any other name but that of Lake St. John.

On behalf of my fellow citizens in the area, which comprises the present constituencies of Lake St. John and Roberval, I wish to protest to the C.B.C. authorities against this sabotaging of a name for which I have the greatest regard, a feeling which I share with my electors and with all those who live in this fine Lake St. John area. We wish to defend the true meaning of a designation which has been consecrated by over one hundred years of history and which is widely known even beyond the borders of Canada. We refuse to let the area be called otherwise than by the name which it has always had ever since there have been people living there, that is the Lake St. John area.

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Topic:   PRIVILEGE
Subtopic:   MR. VILLENEUVE (ROBERVAL) PROTEST AGAINST TELEVISION DESIGNATION OF LAKE ST. JOHN
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LABOUR CONDITIONS

MONTREAL


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Official Opposition House Leader; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Hon. Lionel Chevrier (Laurier):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to direct a question to the Minister of Labour. In this morning's Gazette there is a picture of a line-up of men before the old brewery mission in Montreal, which undoubtedly he has seen; and according to the superintendent of the mission this is due to the present unemployment situation. However, in all fairness to

the minister and to the superintendent I should add that he says the situation is not entirely due to unemployment but that there are other reasons for it.

I ask the minister in view of the picture, which I am informed is one of the first of its kind with respect to this mission in Montreal for a long, long time, what is being done by his department to put into effect the winter speed-up against unemployment in the city of Montreal.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   MONTREAL
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED LINE-UP OF UNEMPLOYED AT BREWERY MISSION
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Michael Starr (Minister of Labour)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Michael Starr (Minister of Labour):

Mr. Speaker, may I say first of all that I have not seen the Montreal Gazette this morning, and second that I have nothing further to add to what has already been said in this house with respect to the actions of this government in trying to help create employment for more people, and also our actions as expressed in the legislation which has now gone through this house to help alleviate the situation by the amendment of the Unemployment Insurance Act.

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Subtopic:   MONTREAL
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED LINE-UP OF UNEMPLOYED AT BREWERY MISSION
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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Official Opposition House Leader; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

Then may I ask a supplementary question. The superintendent of the mission says that in order to carry on he must have another $40,000. Will the minister consider making that contribution from his department?

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   MONTREAL
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED LINE-UP OF UNEMPLOYED AT BREWERY MISSION
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Michael Starr (Minister of Labour)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Starr:

The government has received no request from anyone for this aid, but if a request is received I can assure the hon. member that it will be given consideration.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   MONTREAL
Sub-subtopic:   REPORTED LINE-UP OF UNEMPLOYED AT BREWERY MISSION
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BRITISH COLUMBIA-REPORTED CLOSING DOWN OF HOWE SOUND COMPANY


On the orders of the day:


LIB

James Sinclair

Liberal

Hon. James Sinclair (Coast-Capilano):

should like to direct a question to the Minister of Justice. Is the minister aware that last night the management of Britannia mine notified the workers that the mine would close down in two weeks unless assistance was forthcoming and, if so, can he make any announcement on government plans to give this required assistance?

Topic:   BRITISH COLUMBIA-REPORTED CLOSING DOWN OF HOWE SOUND COMPANY
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Edmund Davie Fulton (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration; Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. E. D. Fulion (Minister of Justice):

Mr. Speaker, I did receive word last night of a statement made by the mine manager in Vancouver to the effect to which the hon. gentleman has just referred.

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Inquiries of the Ministry

I am not of course in a position nor would I care to comment in any way on the statement made in Vancouver. I can say, however, that I checked with the officials of the company in New York this morning, and can inform the house that this conversation confirmed the telephone conversation which took place I think on Tuesday, and to which I referred yesterday. The effect of these talks is that there is still some possibility that an arrangement might be reached which would enable the mine to continue operations, but on a reduced scale. The decision with regard to the reduced scale of operations is one which has been communicated to me by the company; it is not one which we have suggested.

Therefore the situation with which we are confronted is to see whether arrangements can be arrived at which would enable operations to be carried on on a reduced scale, and what can be done with respect to those men who would not be taken care of by such reduced scale of operations. That was the situation reported to me by the company last Tuesday as a result of their review of the report from the expert consultant whom they sent in to the mine.

Topic:   BRITISH COLUMBIA-REPORTED CLOSING DOWN OF HOWE SOUND COMPANY
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REQUEST FOR PUBLICATION OF LETTER FROM MEMBER FOR VANCOUVER-BURRARD TO PRIME MINISTER


On the orders of the day:


LIB

James Sinclair

Liberal

Hon. James Sinclair (Coasi-Capilano):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct two questions to the Prime Minister. Is the Prime Minister aware that the hon. member for Vancouver-Burrard (Mr. Taylor) has made public a five-page letter addressed to the Prime Minister outlining the very serious unemployment situation in British Columbia and suggesting remedies? If so, will the Prime Minister consent to make his answer also public, so the people of British Columbia will know what action his government proposes to take on the recommendations of the hon. member for Vancouver-Burrard?

Topic:   REQUEST FOR PUBLICATION OF LETTER FROM MEMBER FOR VANCOUVER-BURRARD TO PRIME MINISTER
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John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, all I can say is that I have not received the letter and have not received a copy of it. When it is received and when I see it naturally it will be considered, because above everything else this government wants to consider every matter that ought to be brought to its attention, and particularly one affecting the welfare of the people as a whole.

Topic:   REQUEST FOR PUBLICATION OF LETTER FROM MEMBER FOR VANCOUVER-BURRARD TO PRIME MINISTER
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LIB

James Sinclair

Liberal

Mr. Sinclair:

The Prime Minister may have forgotten my second question. It was, will the Prime Minister make his reply to that letter also public?

Topic:   REQUEST FOR PUBLICATION OF LETTER FROM MEMBER FOR VANCOUVER-BURRARD TO PRIME MINISTER
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Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

The second question has become hypothetical. In view of the fact that the Prime Minister says he has not received the letter I do not think a reply to the second question is necessary.

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December 5, 1957