March 16, 1961

BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

CHANGE IN TODAY'S ORDER OF BUSINESS

PC

Gordon Minto Churchill (Minister of Veterans Affairs; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Gordon Churchill (Leader of ihe House):

Owing to circumstances which I did not foresee it is necessary to announce a change in the order of business for today. The parties on the opposite side have very kindly co-operated. We shall begin this afternoon with the debate on the Income Tax Act. If that is completed early in the afternoon we shall go on with item No. 11 on the order paper, the resolution in the name of the Minister of Labour dealing with the rehabilitation program for disabled persons. Then at eight o'clock tonight we shall resume the study of the estimates of the Department of Agriculture and continue consideration of those estimates tomorrow.

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EXTERNAL AFFAIRS


Hon. Howard C. Green (Aciing Prime Minister): It gives me great pleasure to announce that His Excellency Habib Bourguiba Sr., President of Tunisia, has accepted the invitation of the government to pay a state visit to Ottawa on May 1 and 2. The President and Madame Bourguiba will be the personal guests of Their Excellencies the Governor General and Madame Vanier at Government house during their stay. Details of the program will be announced as soon as arrangements have been completed. Hon. members will be aware of the significant role which Tunisia has played in international affairs since achieving independence in 1956. President Bourguiba has headed the government of his country since then, and to him personally must go much of the credit for Tunisia's outstanding international contribution. By his wisdom and understanding he has always exerted a constructive influence not only in matters of direct concern to his country but also in major international issues and particularly those involving the Arab world and Africa. It is at the United Nations that Canada has best been able to observe and appreciate the contribution which this dynamic country has made to international understanding. Any reference to the international posture of Tunisia and the important part played by President Bourguiba would be incomplete without mention of his continuing contribution to a solution of the problem of Algeria. Not only has his moderating influence been felt in the United Nations on this question, but he has been unstinting in his effort to contribute to an honourable solution of a problem which has been such a deep source of friction between his Arab neighbours in Algeria and France. If, as we all hope, this problem is resolved in the near future, the final settlement will owe much to the dedicated efforts of President Bourguiba. Yesterday I announced to the house the appointment to Tunisia of Canada's first ambassador, Mr. H. F. Feaver. I mentioned, too, that for more than three years His Excellency Mongi Slim has been ably discharging his function as Tunisian ambassador to Canada. It is with regret that we have now received word of Mr. Slim's impending departure for another and very important assignment, for we have learned to value highly his friendship and effectiveness. With President Bourguiba about to visit this country it is, however, particularly fitting that we should receive the welcome news that Mr. Slim's successor is to be the president's son, His Excellency Habid Bourguiba Jr., who will shortly present his letters of credence to the Governor General. His previous appointments have been as Tunisian ambassador to Italy and France, and I am sure the house will agree that the appointment of the president's son here is a mark of the high esteem in which Canada is held by the Tunisian president and government.


LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Hon. L. B. Pearson (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, I am certain that His Excellency Mr. Bourguiba will receive an especially warm welcome when he visits Ottawa, not only because of the constructive part that his progressive young country is playing at the United Nations but even more, perhaps, because of the important mediatory part that Mr. Bourguiba himself has played in what we hope will be a successful effort to bring to an end the unhappy conflict which is now and has been for many years raging in Algeria.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   TUNISIA-ANNOUNCEMENT OF VISIT BY PRESI- DENT AND REPLACEMENT OF AMBASSADOR
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CCF

Herbert Wilfred Herridge

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

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

Mr

Speaker, this group welcomes the announcement of the visit of the president of Tunisia.

Inquiries of the Ministry We recognize him as one of the architects of constructive solutions to the complicated and difficult problems that face that historic area of the world.

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   TUNISIA-ANNOUNCEMENT OF VISIT BY PRESI- DENT AND REPLACEMENT OF AMBASSADOR
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LABOUR CONDITIONS

UNEMPLOYMENT


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin

Liberal

Hon. Paul Marlin (Essex East):

Mr. Speaker, may I direct a question to the Minister of Labour and ask if there is any special reason why the unemployment figures for the last available period are not given to the house and the country today? I understand that usually those figures are given at this time.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT
Sub-subtopic:   STATISTICS
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Some hon. Members:

Order.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT
Sub-subtopic:   STATISTICS
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PC

Michael Starr (Minister of Labour)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Michael Starr (Minister of Labour):

Those figures have been released on a variety of dates; the date of each month is not exactly the same. There has been a variation in the issuing dates of this statistic from week to week. I have not checked as to why it has not been issued. If the hon. member wishes me to check into why it has not been issued I shall be glad to do so.

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Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT
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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin

Liberal

Mr. Martin (Essex East):

A supplementary question, Mr. Speaker. In view of the minister's last statement, will he give the house an assurance that it is not because any particular-

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Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT
Sub-subtopic:   STATISTICS
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Some hon. Members:

Order.

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Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT
Sub-subtopic:   STATISTICS
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PC

Daniel Roland Michener (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Speaker:

Order. I think the house might let the hon. member for Essex East say what he has to say. If it is out of order it is appropriate, of course, to rise and say so, or it would be appropriate for me to intervene. I did not hear what the hon. member said. If he considers that it is in order I will give him a chance to ask his supplementary question.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT
Sub-subtopic:   STATISTICS
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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin

Liberal

Mr. Martin (Essex East):

I am sure, Mr. Speaker, you will consider that I am in order. Will the minister give the house an assurance that the figures are not being withheld at this time because of any special event that is taking place in the city of Ottawa?

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT
Sub-subtopic:   STATISTICS
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Some hon. Members:

Order.

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Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT
Sub-subtopic:   STATISTICS
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PC

Michael Starr (Minister of Labour)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Starr:

Mr. Speaker, in order to refute the implication of the hon. member, I definitely say that nothing has been done on the basis of the hon. member's question; but I am not surprised at the implication of the hon. member who stoops so low in many instances in asking questions.

LLater:)

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT
Sub-subtopic:   STATISTICS
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PC

J.-H.-Théogène Ricard

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Theogene Ricard (St. Hyacinthe-Bagot):

Mr. Speaker, as the hon. member for Essex East has opened the door, may I be permitted

to extend a most hearty welcome to the Progressive Conservative party members and supporters from all over Canada who are in the galleries this afternoon.

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Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT
Sub-subtopic:   STATISTICS
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March 16, 1961