March 26, 1968

LIB

Paul Theodore Hellyer (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Hellyer:

Mr. Speaker, I believe that is a question which would require study. If there were any indication that this should be looked at by this board then, of course, there would be no hesitation in doing so.

Topic:   HIGHWAY SAFETY
Subtopic:   COMPLIANCE OF CARS IN CANADA WITH U.S. SAFETY STANDARDS
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FINANCE

INQUIRY AS TO AMENDMENT OF FARM IMPROVEMENT LOANS ACT


On the orders of the day:


PC

George Robson Muir

Progressive Conservative

Mr. George Muir (Lisgar):

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Finance but in his absence perhaps the Prime Minister could give us an answer. Because of the urgent need for cash to finance equipment and supplies for spring seeding, which will soon be in operation, are any amendments to the Farm Improvement Loans Act contemplated by the government to make the act operative at the earliest possible date?

Topic:   FINANCE
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO AMENDMENT OF FARM IMPROVEMENT LOANS ACT
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

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

I would be glad to look into that. Perhaps I could give a reply on April 23.

Topic:   FINANCE
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO AMENDMENT OF FARM IMPROVEMENT LOANS ACT
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PC

George Robson Muir

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Muir (Lisgar):

I have a supplementary question, Mr. Speaker. When the Prime Minister is looking into the matter would he, because of the urgency, ask the Minister of Finance to tell the house when these amendments might be expected?

Topic:   FINANCE
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO AMENDMENT OF FARM IMPROVEMENT LOANS ACT
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Mr. Pearson:

I will look into it right away.

Topic:   FINANCE
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO AMENDMENT OF FARM IMPROVEMENT LOANS ACT
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LABOUR CONDITIONS

QUEBEC-LAY-OFFS AT LAUZON SHIPBUILDING PLANTS


On the orders of the day:


NDP

David Lewis (Parliamentary Leader of the N.D.P.)

New Democratic Party

Mr. David Lewis (York South):

Mr. Speaker, I have a question I should like to address to the Minister of Industry. Is the minister aware that there have been very large scale lay-offs from Davie Shipbuilding Limited and

[Mr. Hellyer.)

the George T. Davie Company of Lauzon, Quebec, as a result of the lack of orders? I should also like to ask the minister whether there are any plans to assist the large number of unemployed in this small town in Quebec.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   QUEBEC-LAY-OFFS AT LAUZON SHIPBUILDING PLANTS
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LIB

Charles Mills (Bud) Drury (Minister of Industry; Minister of Defence Production)

Liberal

Hon. C. M. Drury (Minister of Industry):

There have been substantial lay-offs at the Davie Shipbuilding Company. I am glad to say the situation has been improving somewhat in the past few weeks. The transfer or sale of the George T. Davie Company, the adjacent shipyard to Davie Shipbuilding Limited, has resulted in difficulties in respect of the transfer of the labour force by reason of seniority rules arising out of union agreements.

I understand an attempt is now being made to reconcile these seniority rules with continuity of employment. In the meantime the Davie Shipbuilding Company is actively seeking commercial contracts, and there is some possibility of government work in the not too distant future.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   QUEBEC-LAY-OFFS AT LAUZON SHIPBUILDING PLANTS
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NDP

David Lewis (Parliamentary Leader of the N.D.P.)

New Democratic Party

Mr. Lewis:

Do I understand from the minister's answer that the question of security is now being ignored, and has a large number-

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   QUEBEC-LAY-OFFS AT LAUZON SHIPBUILDING PLANTS
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LIB

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Order, please. The hon. member's supplementary question is argumentative.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   QUEBEC-LAY-OFFS AT LAUZON SHIPBUILDING PLANTS
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LIB

Charles Mills (Bud) Drury (Minister of Industry; Minister of Defence Production)

Liberal

Mr. Drury:

Mr. Speaker, the seniority question is one entirely for discussion by the union.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   QUEBEC-LAY-OFFS AT LAUZON SHIPBUILDING PLANTS
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LIB

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Order, please.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   QUEBEC-LAY-OFFS AT LAUZON SHIPBUILDING PLANTS
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NDP

David Lewis (Parliamentary Leader of the N.D.P.)

New Democratic Party

Mr. Lewis:

Mr. Speaker, perhaps I may bow to your ruling and rephrase my question. I should like to ask the minister whether there has been a transfer of employees from Lauzon to Montreal, and whether in that transfer the seniority of employees is being observed or otherwise.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   QUEBEC-LAY-OFFS AT LAUZON SHIPBUILDING PLANTS
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LIB

Charles Mills (Bud) Drury (Minister of Industry; Minister of Defence Production)

Liberal

Mr. Drury:

Mr. Speaker, the question of seniority rights, their applicability and enforcement falls under the jurisdiction of the union, not the company. I understand there are discussions going on between the union, its locals and the company in this regard.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   QUEBEC-LAY-OFFS AT LAUZON SHIPBUILDING PLANTS
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LIB

Marcel Prud'homme

Liberal

Mr. Marcel Prud'homme (Saint-Denis):

supplementary question, Mr. Speaker.

Will the minister inform the house whether he consulted yesterday with the hon. member for Levis?

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   QUEBEC-LAY-OFFS AT LAUZON SHIPBUILDING PLANTS
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March 26, 1968