July 17, 1959

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

ADVISORY COMMITTEE


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Hon. L. B. Pearson (Leader of Ihe Opposiiion):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask the Prime Minister whether he would comment on a Canadian Press report of this morning to the effect that there was a meeting between the Prime Minister, the Minister of Labour and Canadian Labour Congress officers early this month to discuss labour representation on the unemployment insurance advisory committee, and that at that meeting the Canadian Labour Congress received certain assurances regarding future Canadian Labour Congress recommendations for such appointments.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Subtopic:   ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO APPOINTMENTS
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

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

Mr. Speaker, there was a meeting as stated. The stand taken by the government was that under the law as it exists there shall be consultation with labour organizations in respect of appointments to be made. It was made very clear that in the future, as in the past, this government will at all times consult labour organizations with a view to having from those organizations the names suggested by them as worthy of appointment. But consultation does not mean determination. Consultation means that the names submitted will receive the attention of the governor in council. Consultation means consideration of the suggestions made, but does not imply a determination of the issue by reason of the names suggested.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Subtopic:   ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO APPOINTMENTS
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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin

Liberal

Hon. Paul Martin (Essex East):

Mr. Speaker, may I ask the Minister of Labour a supplementary question based upon the interesting observations of the Prime Minister. In view of the fact that the government has now decided to consult labour with regard to its appointments-

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Subtopic:   ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO APPOINTMENTS
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

And we have done so regularly.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Subtopic:   ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO APPOINTMENTS
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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin

Liberal

Mr. Marlin (Essex East):

The Prime Minister says that the government has done so regularly. May I ask if it is a fact that George Burt, a former member of the unemployment insurance advisory committee, has 66968-9-392

declined reappointment; and can the minister say what progress is being made with regard to the appointment of representatives of the congress and the Canadian and Catholic Confederation of Labour on the advisory committee of the unemployment insurance committee representing labour?

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Subtopic:   ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO APPOINTMENTS
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PC

Michael Starr (Minister of Labour)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Michael Starr (Minister of Labour):

Mr. Speaker, in answer to the hon. member's question, I have no comments to make nor have I any information with respect to the first part of his question.

Concerning the second part of his question, all nominations have been made for appointment to the unemployment insurance commission including those made by representatives of the Canadian and Catholic Confederation of Labour and those made by the Canadian Labour Congress.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Subtopic:   ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO APPOINTMENTS
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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin

Liberal

Mr. Martin (Essex East):

May I ask a supplementary question. Does that mean that the united automobile workers, through Mr. George Burt, will not be represented?

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Subtopic:   ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO APPOINTMENTS
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PC

Michael Starr (Minister of Labour)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Starr:

Mr. George Burt's name was not submitted by the Canadian Labour Congress.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Subtopic:   ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO APPOINTMENTS
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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin

Liberal

Mr. Martin (Essex East):

My question was that the united automobile workers will not be represented.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Subtopic:   ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO APPOINTMENTS
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PC

Michael Starr (Minister of Labour)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Starr:

Mr. Speaker, there is no particular segment of representation. All workers are represented by those who are on this commission.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Subtopic:   ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Sub-subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO APPOINTMENTS
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NOVA SCOTIA-REQUEST FOR EXTENSION OF BENEFITS FOR UNEMPLOYED MINERS


On the orders of the day:


LIB

George Roy McWilliam

Liberal

Mr. G. R. McWilliam (Northumberland-Miramichi):

I wish to address a question to the Minister of Labour. Has the minister considered, and reached a decision on, the matter of extending unemployment insurance benefits for unemployed miners in Nova Scotia?

Topic:   NOVA SCOTIA-REQUEST FOR EXTENSION OF BENEFITS FOR UNEMPLOYED MINERS
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PC

Michael Starr (Minister of Labour)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Michael Starr (Minister of Labour):

The only indication of anything of this nature from Nova Scotia was a few weeks ago, when I received notification that certain miners were laid off for two days because of a breakdown. Of course those who were eligible under the act received unemployment insurance.

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Inquiries of the Ministry NORTHLAND NAVIGATION COMPANY

Topic:   NOVA SCOTIA-REQUEST FOR EXTENSION OF BENEFITS FOR UNEMPLOYED MINERS
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ANNOUNCEMENT OF SETTLEMENT OF STRIKE


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Frank Howard

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

Mr. Frank Howard (Skeena):

May I direct a question to the Minister of Labour. Is he in a position to confirm the newspaper dispatch in this morning's Globe and Mail about a settlement of the strike of Northland Navigation Company Limited? Is he in a position to give any indications as to when the service might be resumed?

Topic:   ANNOUNCEMENT OF SETTLEMENT OF STRIKE
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July 17, 1959