May 11, 1965


On the orders of the day:


PC

Francis Alvin George Hamilton

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Alvin Hamilton (Qu'Appelle):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask the Prime Minister whether he has had time to talk to the Minister of Trade and Commerce about the report that came out of Washington last Thursday morning about a continental resources policy not being able to be continued with, or started, because of lack of personnel?

Topic:   FINANCE
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   JOINT CANADIAN-U.S. STUDY OF CONTINENTAL RESOURCES
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LIB

Mitchell William Sharp (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Hon. Mitchell Sharp (Minister of Trade and Commerce):

Mr. Speaker, in Washington when I was having some discussions with Secretary of the Interior, Mr. Udall, the subject arose of the joint studies that we have been considering in the joint cabinet committee. We have been proceeding with a number of urgent joint studies in the fields in which our two governments are interested. I did think, however, that I should say to the Secretary that I thought it would not be the best use of the limited resources available if we were to undertake too grandiose a study, and that we should concentrate on matters of immediate interest.

Topic:   FINANCE
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   JOINT CANADIAN-U.S. STUDY OF CONTINENTAL RESOURCES
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SOCIAL SECURITY

ONTARIO-REFUSAL OF SCHOOL TEACHERS TO OBTAIN NUMBERS


On the orders of the day:


SC

Robert Norman Thompson

Social Credit

Mr. R. N. Thompson (Red Deer):

Mr. Speaker, on May 5 I directed a question to the Minister of Labour asking him whether it was true that Ontario teachers have not applied for social insurance numbers because the Ontario Teachers' Federation has decided that they should not. I also directed his attention to the fact that there was a case now before the courts, the Crown v. Daniel E. Woodward, the publisher of Canada Month, for refusing to compel his employees to take out insurance numbers.

On May 6 the hon. Member for Quebec-Montmorency, in the Minister's absence, restated this question, and again on May 7, at which time the Minister said he did not know of any other action which the Crown was taking against an employer for refusing to force his employees to take out new numbers.

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I would now re-ask the original question again. Is it true that teachers in Ontario are not applying for their social insurance numbers because they have been advised not to do so by the Ontario Teachers' Federation?

Topic:   SOCIAL SECURITY
Subtopic:   ONTARIO-REFUSAL OF SCHOOL TEACHERS TO OBTAIN NUMBERS
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LIB

Allan Joseph MacEachen (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. A. J. MacEachen (Minister of Labour):

Mr. Speaker, I think I have already answered these points in the absence of the hon. gentleman, when replying to the hon. Member for Quebec-Montmorency, but I will say that we have no official notification that the Ontario Teachers' Federation has requested its members not to apply for social insurance numbers. In the registration which was undertaken previously there was no legal obligation on the part of the teachers to secure numbers because they were not part of the insurable population, but the fact is that members of the Ontario Teachers' Federation did register voluntarily.

Topic:   SOCIAL SECURITY
Subtopic:   ONTARIO-REFUSAL OF SCHOOL TEACHERS TO OBTAIN NUMBERS
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PC

Robert Simpson

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Robert Simpson (Churchill):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Labour. My question is supplementary to the one previously posed concerning the Ontario teachers who have decided not to apply for social insurance numbers, or for social insurance registration. As I understood the Minister, he said these people were not obligated to make application for these numbers because they did not come within the ambit of the Unemployment Insurance Act. If I am correct, I wonder whether the Minister could go a little further and say what will be the situation upon implementation of the Canada Pension Plan?

Topic:   SOCIAL SECURITY
Subtopic:   ONTARIO-REFUSAL OF SCHOOL TEACHERS TO OBTAIN NUMBERS
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LIB

Allan Joseph MacEachen (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. MacEachen:

As I recollect it, Mr. Speaker, teachers are part of the pensionable population and will accordingly be obligated to secure a number for that purpose.

Topic:   SOCIAL SECURITY
Subtopic:   ONTARIO-REFUSAL OF SCHOOL TEACHERS TO OBTAIN NUMBERS
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HATE LITERATURE

REQUEST FOR PROHIBITION OF DISSEMINATION THROUGH MAIL


On the orders of the day:


NDP

Harold Edward Winch

New Democratic Party

Mr. Harold E. Winch (Vancouver East):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to direct a question to the Postmaster General, and in doing so I am certain I speak on behalf of all hon. Members in welcoming him back and hoping his health has improved satisfactorily.

Topic:   HATE LITERATURE
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR PROHIBITION OF DISSEMINATION THROUGH MAIL
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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear.

Topic:   HATE LITERATURE
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR PROHIBITION OF DISSEMINATION THROUGH MAIL
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NDP

Harold Edward Winch

New Democratic Party

Mr. Winch:

Yesterday I asked the acting, and the acting, acting, acting Postmaster General a question relative to the distribution from Vancouver, B.C. and Gooderham,

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Inquiries of the Ministry Ontario, post offices of hate literature, and in particular anti-Jewish pamphlets and literature. The Prime Minister was kind enough finally to state that the matter would be investigated. However, Sir, in the past 24 hours Members of the House of Commons have received through the mail, from the same address in Vancouver, hate literature more vicious, more damning, more anti-Canadian than even that which I was able to produce for the Postmaster General yesterday afternoon.

In view of the fact that this abuse is now being extended to Members of the House of Commons, who are receiving most vicious hate literature attacking the Jewish people, I would ask whether we can have a reply from the Postmaster General, who I know has already been looking into it this morning, and whether this abuse of mailing privileges will be stopped. I would ask the Postmaster General whether there is any way in which the Government can bring to a halt this un-Canadian, unjust activity. And, sir, as a third question I would ask is there any way in which the Government can find out who are the big financial backers of this hate literature which is now becoming far too prevalent in Canada?

Topic:   HATE LITERATURE
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR PROHIBITION OF DISSEMINATION THROUGH MAIL
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LIB

René Tremblay (Postmaster General)

Liberal

Hon. Rene Tremblay (Postmaster General):

Mr. Speaker, I should like first of all to thank the hon. member for Vancouver East (Mr. Winch) who, on behalf of members of the house, has welcomed me back after the few days of rest I had to take for reasons of health.

I should also like to thank the hon. member for having brought to the attention of the house, of the acting Postmaster General, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (Mr. Nicholson), and of my parliamentary secretary (Mr. Caron) this particular case of hate literature which occurred during the past few days, the sources of which were already known to the department but in which the matter had not yet been obtained.

I think that all members of the house will be happy to learn that, like my predecessor, I am very much concerned about the use which is being made of the Canadian mails by various foreign or Canadian groups for the distribution of this hate literature.

I was very happy to see that Mr. Justice Wells had confirmed a decision made by my colleague, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, while he was postmaster general, because the decision of Judge Wells will

be of a great help to us in the elimination and prohibition of this hate literature which is distributed in the country.

Therefore I thank the hon. member for calling my attention to this matter and I would ask all members of the House of Commons that each time they receive, through their voters or directly, indications that groups in this country or abroad are using the mails to distribute this hate literature, to give me their co-operation.

In the specific case mentioned by the hon. member for Vancouver East, I must say that this very morning I had a meeting with the officials of my department and that at this time we are investigating, while receiving the support of the Department of Justice. I can assure the hon. member that as soon as I have all the necessary information and the investigation is completed, I will not hesitate, as the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration did, to take the necessary steps to put an end to that extremely condemnable activity.

Topic:   HATE LITERATURE
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR PROHIBITION OF DISSEMINATION THROUGH MAIL
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NDP

Harold Edward Winch

New Democratic Party

Mr. Winch:

A supplementary question,

Mr. Speaker. I understood the Minister to say that he had known of the distribution of this literature before from this address, but that he had not been able to obtain the kind of literature which could be considered as being of this type. I would therefore like to ask a supplementary question. Does not the Postmaster General think action should be taken when Members of the House of Commons get this type of literature about one of the most respected men in Canada-I repeat, one of the most respected men in Canada- and I refer to Rabbi Feinberg of Toronto, which says:

The Red Rabbi.

The startling story of Abraham Feinberg, arch anti-Christian, master pro-Communist and leading "ban the bomber".

The Red Rabbi is a sensational new booklet by David Stanley, unmasking Canada's number one fellow traveller and Jewish racist.

Devastating revelations. Red subversion uncovered. Damning facts exposed. The whole ugly truth.

If that is not sufficient evidence, plus the newspaper which says that some of the greatest men in the world are conspiring for the establishment of Red dictatorship, just how much more is required before action can be taken by the Postmaster General?

Topic:   HATE LITERATURE
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR PROHIBITION OF DISSEMINATION THROUGH MAIL
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PC

Georges-J. Valade

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Valade:

A supplementary question, Mr. Speaker-

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Topic:   HATE LITERATURE
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR PROHIBITION OF DISSEMINATION THROUGH MAIL
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Maurice Bourget (Speaker of the Senate)

Mr. Speaker:

Order. I do believe that the point has been very well made.

Topic:   HATE LITERATURE
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR PROHIBITION OF DISSEMINATION THROUGH MAIL
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May 11, 1965