May 7, 1965

RA

Gilles Grégoire

Ralliement Créditiste

Mr. Gregoire:

Mr. Speaker, I have a supplementary question.

Can the Minister of Labour tell the house why the federal department rejects applications for extension of the winter works period, when these very applications have been accepted by some provincial governments?

Topic:   REQUEST FOR EXTENSION OF WINTER WORKS PROGRAM
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LIB

Allan Joseph MacEachen (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. MacEachen:

Mr. Speaker, one of the

conditions of the municipal winter works program over the years has been that each project submitted by a municipality must be approved by the Provincial Government concerned. Then the project is forwarded to the Federal Government. It is the responsibility of the Federal Government to accept projects which meet the terms and conditions of the program itself, and a particular application is rejected only on the ground that it does not meet the conditions of the program.

Topic:   REQUEST FOR EXTENSION OF WINTER WORKS PROGRAM
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RA

Gilles Grégoire

Ralliement Créditiste

Mr. Gregoire:

Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask another supplementary question.

Does this mean that the federal Department of Labour did not explain properly the new conditions for this extension to the provincial governments, or that the latter were ready to accept projects which did not fulfil the conditions requested by the Department of Labour? Or are the requirements set by the federal Department of Labour too rigid to allow the extension of the winter works period?

May 7, 1965

Inquiries of the Ministry

Topic:   REQUEST FOR EXTENSION OF WINTER WORKS PROGRAM
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LIB

Allan Joseph MacEachen (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. MacEachen:

Mr. Speaker, the truth may be a combination of all three possibilities.

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REQUIREMENT THAT BANK EMPLOYEES WORK ON HOLIDAY WEEK ENDS


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Gerald Augustine Regan

Liberal

Mr. Gerald A. Regan (Halifax):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Finance in relation to the revision of the Bank Act. Is the Minister aware that under its present provisions bank employees are denied long holidays such as over Easter week end, when other employees are off work on Friday, Saturday and Monday? There is a provision in the Bank Act that banks cannot be closed for more than three consecutive days; therefore bank employees have to work on Saturday morning for two or three hours on the occasion of such holiday week ends. When the Bank Act is being changed, will the Minister take under consideration the advisability of amending it so that on such holiday week ends banks will be allowed to close on four consecutive days?

Topic:   REQUIREMENT THAT BANK EMPLOYEES WORK ON HOLIDAY WEEK ENDS
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LIB

Walter Lockhart Gordon (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. Walter L. Gordon (Minister of Finance):

Mr. Speaker, I share my hon. friend's solicitude for the welfare of the bank employees, but I suggest that this matter might better be dealt with when we resume the debate on the Bank Act.

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EXTERNAL AFFAIRS


On the orders of the day:


PC

Paul Raymond Martineau

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Paul Martineau (Ponfiac-Temisca-mingue):

Mr. Speaker, I have a question for the right hon. Prime Minister. Is the Prime Minister giving consideration to the registration of a protest or other action regarding the reception extended to our very esteemed Secretary of State for External Affairs (Mr. Martin) who apparently did not receive the V.I.P. red carpet treatment on his arrival in Paris?

Topic:   REQUIREMENT THAT BANK EMPLOYEES WORK ON HOLIDAY WEEK ENDS
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Sub-subtopic:   PARIS-RECEPTION OF CANADIAN MINISTER
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Right Hon. L. B. Pearson (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, it is not the policy of this Government to protest about the absence of red carpets. In this particular instance I have received a report from the Minister which indicates that there were some minor technical problems on his arrival, but that no discourtesy of any kind was intended and, in his own words "It was nonsense to suggest that there was". He indicated to me that he

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was completely satisfied with the welcoming arrangements; that he was met at the airport, as is customary in respect of arrivals of this kind, by two representatives of the foreign office. He also indicated that he expects to have valuable and constructive talks today with the Foreign Minister, whose guest he will be at luncheon, for which arrangement he is very grateful. They are friends of long standing and get along very well. Mr. Martin is having a very happy visit in Paris today.

Topic:   REQUIREMENT THAT BANK EMPLOYEES WORK ON HOLIDAY WEEK ENDS
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   PARIS-RECEPTION OF CANADIAN MINISTER
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PC

Paul Raymond Martineau

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Mariineau:

I have a supplementary question, Mr. Speaker. Is the Prime Minister satisfied that the Minister's tender feelings were not hurt?

Topic:   REQUIREMENT THAT BANK EMPLOYEES WORK ON HOLIDAY WEEK ENDS
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Mr. Pearson:

The Minister's telegram to me indicates, as I have just said, that he is very happy about everything.

Topic:   REQUIREMENT THAT BANK EMPLOYEES WORK ON HOLIDAY WEEK ENDS
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NDP

Herbert Wilfred Herridge

New Democratic Party

Mr. Herridge:

Mr. Speaker, let me say that we are all delighted to know that our homespun Minister received an appropriate welcome.

Topic:   REQUIREMENT THAT BANK EMPLOYEES WORK ON HOLIDAY WEEK ENDS
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   PARIS-RECEPTION OF CANADIAN MINISTER
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CANADIAN CONFEDERATION

REPORTED STATEMENT BY BRITISH COLUMBIA MINISTER


On the orders of the day:


NDP

Herbert Wilfred Herridge

New Democratic Party

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

Mr. Speaker, as a staunch believer in Confederation I wish to address a question to the right hon. Prime Minister. In view of the reported statement made by Hon. Ralph Loffmark, the British Columbia Minister of Trade and Commerce, to the effect that the British Columbia cabinet has recently discussed secession from Confederation, will the Prime Minister inform the House whether he has received any official communication from the Government of British Columbia in respect of this most calamitous announcement?

Topic:   CANADIAN CONFEDERATION
Subtopic:   REPORTED STATEMENT BY BRITISH COLUMBIA MINISTER
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May 7, 1965