November 29, 1966

EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

MIDDLE EAST-REPORTED U.A.R.-ISRAELI CONFLICT


On the orders of the day:


PC

John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, I do not know whether or not the Prime Minister is in a position to report to the house, but I would hope he would be able to say something regarding the ominous situation in the Middle East and the report today that various areas in the Middle East are on the brink of an explosion the like of which has not been seen since 1956.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   MIDDLE EAST-REPORTED U.A.R.-ISRAELI CONFLICT
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, I can only express the hope that the report to which my right hon. friend has referred, that we are on the brink of an explosion in that area involving greater danger than that of 1956, will turn out to be greatly exaggerated. It is true that a dangerous situation has developed as a result of Israel's reaction against what it considered to be serious border provocation. This is the matter which was dealt with by the United Nations Security Council when a resolution was passed criticizing Israel's reaction.

It is also true that there was a report about an air engagement that took place this morning. According to the information so far available, and naturally we are making further inquiries, a small number of Israel and United Arab Republic aircraft were engaged in an action near the midpoint between the Israel and Arab borders. Early reports indicate that two U.A.R. aircraft were shot down in this encounter.

As hon. members are aware, the United Nations has a peace-keeping force stationed in this area. I think we can take some satisfaction from the knowledge that this force is there. We expect to have more precise information shortly and when that information arrives I will report to the house at once.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   MIDDLE EAST-REPORTED U.A.R.-ISRAELI CONFLICT
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MIDDLE EAST-SHIPMENT OF STARFIGHTERS BY U.S. TO JORDAN


On the orders of the day:


PC

John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Leader of Ihe Opposition):

Will the Prime Minister say whether or not Canada was made aware in advance of the shipment of 36 F-104

Starfighters by the United States to Jordan? Was there any consultation between the United States and Canada before that action was taken and, if so, what attitude did Canada take?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   MIDDLE EAST-SHIPMENT OF STARFIGHTERS BY U.S. TO JORDAN
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

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

I have seen that report and inquiries are being made to ascertain whether there is any foundation to it, and whether this transfer has in fact taken place. I will be glad to report in that regard as soon as I receive further information.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   MIDDLE EAST-SHIPMENT OF STARFIGHTERS BY U.S. TO JORDAN
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Will the Prime Minister allow one more question? Does his answer mean that an inquiry is being made as to whether the United States is shipping or has shipped these aircraft, and that there was no consultation between Canada and the United States before this action was taken, if in fact it was taken?

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   MIDDLE EAST-SHIPMENT OF STARFIGHTERS BY U.S. TO JORDAN
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Mr. Pearson:

Mr. Speaker, my answer indicates that I have not received authoritative information as to whether or not the transfer in fact has taken place. That is what we are inquiring into.

Topic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   MIDDLE EAST-SHIPMENT OF STARFIGHTERS BY U.S. TO JORDAN
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LABOUR RELATIONS

ALLEGED LOCKOUT OF LONGSHOREMEN ON PACIFIC COAST


On the orders of the day:


NDP

Thomas Clement (Tommy) Douglas

New Democratic Party

Mr. T. C. Douglas (Burnaby-Coquiilam):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Labour regarding reports that the B.C. Maritime Employers Association has decided not to call out working crews, thus constituting a giant lockout in consequence of which, it is reported, some 50 or 60 ships are tied up in the Vancouver harbour. Has this situation been drawn to the minister's attention and what, if anything, is he or his department doing about it?

November 29, 1966

Inquiries of the Ministry

Topic:   LABOUR RELATIONS
Subtopic:   ALLEGED LOCKOUT OF LONGSHOREMEN ON PACIFIC COAST
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LIB

John Robert (Jack) Nicholson (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. J. R. Nicholson (Minister of Labour):

Yes, Mr. Speaker, this situation has been drawn to my attention and I have had a discussion about it within the last 15 minutes. The employers have taken and continue to take the position that since they have had to resort to the use of the courts by way of damage actions, and have indicated that they intend to proceed to enforce their legal rights through the courts, consequently this matter is sub judice, and this makes it very difficult for the Minister of Labour or any other official of government to intervene at this time. The employers have stated, and they make no bones about it, that while they have a limited number of supervisory employees, namely their foremen and some former foremen who have been recruited for service, they cannot provide all the direct supervision needed in view of what they allege is a planned work stoppage. Since they are not getting the return for the money they are expending, they have decided on this course of action and have said they are going to press their rights in the courts.

Topic:   LABOUR RELATIONS
Subtopic:   ALLEGED LOCKOUT OF LONGSHOREMEN ON PACIFIC COAST
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NDP

Thomas Clement (Tommy) Douglas

New Democratic Party

Mr. Douglas:

A supplementary question, Mr. Speaker. While the damage action has to do with the employers and does not come under the purview of the Department of Labour, surely the matter of a lockout does. What action does the minister propose to take to see that these men are allowed to return to work and that the ports are allowed to function?

Topic:   LABOUR RELATIONS
Subtopic:   ALLEGED LOCKOUT OF LONGSHOREMEN ON PACIFIC COAST
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LIB

John Robert (Jack) Nicholson (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. Nicholson:

The position that they take is that this is not a lockout. Complaints have been made by some employees that they do not have adequate supervision in certain areas, and employers say on the other hand that it is impossible for them to function effectively.

Topic:   LABOUR RELATIONS
Subtopic:   ALLEGED LOCKOUT OF LONGSHOREMEN ON PACIFIC COAST
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LIB

John Robert (Jack) Nicholson (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. J. R. Nicholson (Minister of Labour):

While I am on my feet I wish to deal with a question asked earlier by the hon. member for Burnaby-Coquitlam (Mr. Douglas). Information that I have received since the question was asked shows that some stevedoring companies on the west coast have not ordered the longshoremen's gangs out to work general cargo-but bulk cargo is still being handled by the gangs. Supervision is being provided by available foremen. My information happily is that grain loading is moving fairly well.

Topic:   LABOUR RELATIONS
Subtopic:   ALLEGED LOCKOUT OF LONGSHOREMEN ON PACIFIC COAST
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HEALTH AND WELFARE

November 29, 1966