April 16, 1970

ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS

HEALTH. WELFARE AND SOCIAL AFFAIRS


Fifth and sixth reports of Standing Committee on Health, Welfare and Social Affairs, in French and in English-Mr. Isabelle. [Editor's Note: For text of above reports see today's Votes and Proceedings.]


CANADIAN CONSTITUTION

TABLING OF REPORT ON THIRD MEETING OF CONSTITUTIONAL CONFERENCE

LIB

Pierre Elliott Trudeau (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Right Hon. P. E. Trudeau (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to table copies in English and in French of the report of the third meeting of the constitutional conference held in Ottawa in December last.

Topic:   CANADIAN CONSTITUTION
Subtopic:   TABLING OF REPORT ON THIRD MEETING OF CONSTITUTIONAL CONFERENCE
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LABOUR CONDITIONS

UNEMPLOYMENT INCREASE-REQUEST FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO MOVE MOTION UNDER S.O. 43

PC

George Harris Hees

Progressive Conservative

Hon. George Hees (Prince Edward-Has-tings):

Mr. Speaker, I ask for the unanimous consent of the House to move a motion under Standing Order 43 and I base my reason for requesting unanimous consent on the following facts: during March unemployment in Canada increased from 6.5 per cent to 6.7 per cent of the work force, the culmination of a steady rise during the past several months.

What is particularly alarming is the government's expressed intention to continue to deliberately increase unemployment as a means of combating inflation, despite the fact that it has now become clear that unemployment is the most serious problem facing the economy. High interest rates have slowed down the economic activity which provides

employment, and the government has refused to have the Bank of Canada take the lead in gradually lowering interest rates so that economic activity and employment may increase to a satisfactory level.

I therefore move the following motion under Standing Order 43:

That this House, comprising the elected representatives of all of the people of Canada, consider and recommend effective steps to stimulate economic activity, and thereby increase employment to a satisfactory level.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INCREASE-REQUEST FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO MOVE MOTION UNDER S.O. 43
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IND

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Independent

Mr. Speaker:

The House has heard the motion proposed for consideration by the hon. member for Prince Edward-Hastings. Under the terms of Standing Order 43 unanimous consent of the House is necessary. Is there such agreement?

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INCREASE-REQUEST FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO MOVE MOTION UNDER S.O. 43
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Some hon. Members:

Agreed.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INCREASE-REQUEST FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO MOVE MOTION UNDER S.O. 43
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Some hon. Members:

No.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INCREASE-REQUEST FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO MOVE MOTION UNDER S.O. 43
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IND

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Independent

Mr. Speaker:

There is no unanimity and the hon. member's motion cannot be put.

[DOT] (2:10 p.m.)

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INCREASE-REQUEST FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO MOVE MOTION UNDER S.O. 43
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MOTION TO ADJOURN UNDER S.O. 26 LABOUR CONDITIONS UNEMPLOYMENT INCREASE

NDP

Thomas Clement (Tommy) Douglas

New Democratic Party

Mr. T. C. Douglas (Nanaimo-Cowichan-The Islands):

Mr. Speaker, I ask leave, seconded by the hon. member for York South (Mr. Lewis), to move the adjournment of the House under Standing Order 26 for the purpose of discussing a specific and important matter requiring urgent consideration, namely, the unemployment situation in Canada revealed in the Dominion Bureau of Statistics report released this morning showing 542,000 Canadians unemployed and a national unemployment rate of 6.7 per cent, which is the highest unemployment rate since March, 1964. The serious continuing unemployment problem in Canada has now reached a critical level and the House should now adjourn to discuss this vitally important matter.

Topic:   MOTION TO ADJOURN UNDER S.O. 26 LABOUR CONDITIONS UNEMPLOYMENT INCREASE
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IND

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Independent

Mr. Speaker:

The hon. member for Nanaimo-Cowichan-The Islands has served the required notice of his intention to move the

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Inquiries of the Ministry adjournment of the House under the provisions of Standing Order 26. The House is aware, of course, that similar motions have been proposed from time to time in recent months suggesting emergency debates to discuss either rising unemployment or the rising cost of living. The last such motion dealing specifically with unemployment was made by the hon. member for York South and there again it was based on unemployment figures released by the Dominion Bureau of Statistics. Even if I have every possible sympathy with the hon. member with respect to the motion he has just proposed, I doubt very much that the ruling of the Chair at this time can differ from the one which was made in connection with the last similar motion.

On that occasion I reviewed the authorities and the precedents on the subject, and did so at length. In particular, reference was made to a series of rulings by Mr. Speaker Mitch-ener and to subsequent similar rulings. My conclusion was expressed in the following words:

The Chair recognizes readily that the motion raises a matter which is of importance and urgency. 1 am sure it is of important concern to all hon. members of the House. However, a careful and objective interpretation of the relevant Standing Order cannot, in my view, justify the acceptance at this time of the hon. member's motion.

I am sure the hon. member will appreciate the difficulty with which the Chair is faced in a situation such as this one. I am sure many arguments could be advanced for such a debate at this time. But the Chair has to make a procedural ruling and, with regret, I have come to the conclusion that the ruling which was made on an earlier situation such as this one must stand and that the motion cannot be accepted for debate at this time.

Topic:   MOTION TO ADJOURN UNDER S.O. 26 LABOUR CONDITIONS UNEMPLOYMENT INCREASE
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ORAL QUESTION PERIOD

LABOUR CONDITIONS

PC

Robert Lorne Stanfield (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Robert L. Stanfield (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask the Prime Minister a question arising out of the unemployment figures just released by the Dominion Bureau of Statistics for the period ending March 21. I ask the Prime Minister whether, in light of these figures, his government would now stop the measures it is taking deliberately to slow down the econo-

my and, on the contrary, take some measures to encourage an increase in employment? I ask him to consider this very earnestly because the number now out of work, 542,000, is higher than the annual figure during the last three years of the great pre-war-depression.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT ACTION TO COPE WITH INCREASED UNEMPLOYMENT-CONSUMER CREDIT REGULATIONS
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LIB

Pierre Elliott Trudeau (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Right Hon. P. E. Trudeau (Prime Minister):

What is that again?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   GOVERNMENT ACTION TO COPE WITH INCREASED UNEMPLOYMENT-CONSUMER CREDIT REGULATIONS
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