March 13, 1961

BANKING AND COMMERCE


Second report of standing committee on banking and commerce-Mr. Cathers.


CIVIL SERVICE ACT

PERSONNEL OF SPECIAL COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER BILL NO. C-71

PC

J.-H.-Théogène Ricard

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Theogene Ricard (St. Hyacinlhe-Bagol) moved:

That the special committee to consider Bill C-71, an act respecting the civil service of Canada, established on 10th March, 1961 be composed of Mrs. Casselman and Messrs. Bell (Carleton), Campeau, Caron, Hicks, Keays, Macdonnell, Mac-Lellan, Macquarrie, MacRae, Martel, Mcllraith, More, Peters, Pickersgill, Richard (Ottawa East), Roberge, Rogers, Smith (Winnipeg North), Spencer, and Tardif.

Topic:   CIVIL SERVICE ACT
Subtopic:   PERSONNEL OF SPECIAL COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER BILL NO. C-71
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Motion agreed to. (Translation):


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE ACT

AMENDMENT RESPECTING DEFINITION OF CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT

LIB

Gabriel Roberge

Liberal

Mr. Gabriel Roberge (Megantic) moved

for leave to introduce a bill entitled an act to amend the Unemployment Insurance Act.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT RESPECTING DEFINITION OF CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT
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Some hon. Members:

Explain.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT RESPECTING DEFINITION OF CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT
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LIB

Gabriel Roberge

Liberal

Mr. Roberge:

Mr. Speaker, the purpose of this bill is to insert in the Unemployment Insurance Act the definition of the words "employee" and "employer" and, through the use of more general terms, to place the service contract and the rental of work in the category of insurable employment.

These amendments are being suggested in order to clarify and facilitate the interpretation of the act by making it more consistent with the intention of parliament when this legislation was passed in 1955.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

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Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT RESPECTING DEFINITION OF CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT
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CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

LAY-OFFS OF PERSONNEL, MONTREAL MOTION FOR ADJOURNMENT UNDER STANDING ORDER 26

LIB

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

Liberal

Hon. Lionel Chevrier (Laurier):

Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to move the adjournment of the house under standing order 26

for the purpose of discussing a definite matter of urgent public importance, namely the displacement of 160 employees-

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   LAY-OFFS OF PERSONNEL, MONTREAL MOTION FOR ADJOURNMENT UNDER STANDING ORDER 26
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PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

I am sorry to interrupt the hon. member, but I am just wondering whether his request would properly be made now. The rule says at the end of routine proceedings. I find that the hon. member is quite correct.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   LAY-OFFS OF PERSONNEL, MONTREAL MOTION FOR ADJOURNMENT UNDER STANDING ORDER 26
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My motion to adjourn the house is for the purpose of discussing a definite matter of urgent public importance, namely the displacement of 160 employees of the Canadian National Railways at the main office on McGill street in Montreal through the substitution of contract labour, which appears to be part of a national pattern affecting employees of the Canadian National Railways across Canada. I would hope that Your Honour would give me permission to establish urgency in this case.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   LAY-OFFS OF PERSONNEL, MONTREAL MOTION FOR ADJOURNMENT UNDER STANDING ORDER 26
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PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

I shall be glad to hear the hon. member. I assume that it is a matter of importance, but the urgency that is involved is urgency of debate. I think I should like to hear the hon. member on the question of whether or not this is one of the administrative responsibilities of the ministry. It seems to me that the point may well be taken that it is a decision, of the Canadian National Railways on its own authority.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   LAY-OFFS OF PERSONNEL, MONTREAL MOTION FOR ADJOURNMENT UNDER STANDING ORDER 26
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

Mr. Speaker, I shall be glad to deal with those three points if the house will bear with me. Dealing first with the urgency of the matter, I should tell Your Honour that over the week end I received an urgent communication from the brotherhood of railway carmen of America, signed by the local chairman of Lodge 733, Mr. G. Gagnon, and by the president, Mr. H. Myer-son.

In this communication two points among many others are made. The first is that these employees are gravely concerned about the announced intention of the Canadian National Railways in the Montreal area to effect layoffs and dismissals of the maintenance and cleaning personnel in the Montreal headquarters building coincidental with the sale of the building at 360 McGill street and the occupancy of the new office building adjacent to the Canadian National Railways station. It is pointed out in this communication that

Canadian National Railways 160 employees are affected, and that unless something is done to stop the contract which is about to be given, if it has not already been given, for the new office building adjacent to the C.N.R. station their position will be an untenable one. It is pointed out that most of the people affected by the decision will be unable to find jobs elsewhere because of their age. They are for the most part over 40 years of age, and the majority of those affected are widows who are the sole support of their children.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   LAY-OFFS OF PERSONNEL, MONTREAL MOTION FOR ADJOURNMENT UNDER STANDING ORDER 26
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PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Order. If I may interrupt the hon. member. I think he need not labour the point as to the importance of the matter. The question is really one of urgency of debate. I take it that this decision has been made since the estimates of the Department of Labour were under discussion here last Friday.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   LAY-OFFS OF PERSONNEL, MONTREAL MOTION FOR ADJOURNMENT UNDER STANDING ORDER 26
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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

Yes, sir.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
Subtopic:   LAY-OFFS OF PERSONNEL, MONTREAL MOTION FOR ADJOURNMENT UNDER STANDING ORDER 26
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March 13, 1961