January 25, 1937 (18th Parliament, 2nd Session)

LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. HOWE:

1. The answers supplied by the Canadian National (West Indies) steamship management are as follows:
The Canadian National steamships are employing as many Canadians as possible on board all ships, and this policy has always been in effect, and at all times preference is given Canadians who have the necessary qualifications to handle the various positions involved.
2. At the present time, the number of employees afloat is as follows:
Masters and officers, 45. (All of whom are Canadian residents and British subjects; 96 per cent are Canadian born).
Pursers' department, 24. (All of whom are British subjects).
Doctors, 7. (All of whom are British subjects, the majority being Canadians).
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Engineers, 85. (All of whom are British subjects, 79 of which are domiciled in Canada and 6 in the British isles).
Plumbers and electricians, 16. (All of whom are British subjects and Canadian residents; 86 per cent of whom are Canadian-born).
Carpenters, boatswains, sailors, etc., 197. (All of whom are British subjects and Canadian residents; 97 per cent are Canadian-born).
Firemen and oilers, 138. (Twenty-six are Canadian residents, 112 West Indians; II are white and 124 coloured).
Stewards' department, 632. (Of this number 335 are West Indians, the balance are British subjects domiciled in Canada, 90 per cent of whom are Canadian-born).
The total number of employees afloat is 1,144.
3. Answered by No. 2.

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Subtopic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL STEAMSHIPS-EMPLOYMENT OF CANADIANS
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