Mr. John A. Fraser (Vancouver South):
Mr. Speaker, I rise on a matter of urgent and pressing necessity arising from comments of the Minister of Labour (Mr. Munro) made outside this House that, and I quote:
. . . there is a real desire growing and permeating through labour that it will exercise proper restraint in the post-control period .. . union leaders can persuade workers to exercise restraint.
Governor Bouey of the Bank of Canada said he would not lift controls before the end of 1978 because, and I quote:
To the extent that groups in the economy are in fact looking to the ending of controls as the moment for a substantial upward push in their money incomes and prices . ..
Because there are open rumours that no agreement on restraint was made between business and labour at the meeting a week ago, which fact is reflected in recent editorials, and yet today's press quotes of the Minister of Labour would lead to the conclusion that labour is in fact committed to restraint, I move, seconded by the hon. member for Esquimalt-Saanich (Mr. Munro):
That this House direct the Minister of Labour to make a statement forthwith in this House advising all hon. members and the public of Canada just exactly what was agreed to at the business-labour meeting and specifically whether the statements of the Minister of Labour that labour has a real desire to exercise proper restraint is an accurate reflection of any agreement made at the meeting or accurately reflects any commitment made directly to the government by the Canadian Labour Congress Leaders.
Subtopic: THE CANADIAN ECONOMY
Sub-subtopic: REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON ANY AGREEMENTS MADE AT BUSINESS-LABOUR MEETING TO RESTRAIN DEMANDS-MOTION UNDER S O. 43