Hon. Leon Balcer (Minister of Transport):
Mr. Speaker, as the house has been told, the president of the Canadian National Railways, at my request, has brought before the board of directors the problem of the promotion of French Canadians in the C.N.R. organization.
Following a meeting of the board of directors, the president has sent me the following report:
I am informed by the chairman of the board of directors of Canadian National Railways that, at its meeting on December 13, the board carefully reviewed the company's methods and procedures for the recruitment, appointment and promotion of supervisory and management employees, having particularly in mind the current discussions respecting the status of French Canadians in the organization. Included in the review were the present methods and procedures for appraising the qualifications for and the performance of personnel in positions throughout the organization and the existing delegation of authority to approve appointments and promotions.
The board considered that, while the present methods and procedures are designed to produce fair and equitable treatment of all the company's employees and applicants for positions, it is of prime importance that a thorough-going study be made to ensure that, in the practical application of these methods and procedures, their objectives are in fact being achieved. In particular, the
study should seek to determine whether more effective measures can be adopted
(a) to attract to the company's service qualified French Canadians in larger numbers, and
(b) to see that French Canadian personnel have full opportunity to enlarge their experience and qualifications for promotions to positions of greater responsibility at all levels in the company.
The study is to be undertaken by a committee of the board consisting of the chairman and Messrs. Charbonneau, Koerner, Levesque and Stewart. All necessary staff assistance will be furnished to the committee to enable the study to be completed and a report made to the full board as quickly as possible.
Subtopic: ANNOUNCEMENT OF STUDY OF SITUATION RESPECTING FRENCH CANADIANS