May 30, 1939 (18th Parliament, 4th Session)


Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Transport)



The harbours board is always willing to cooperate with the Department of Labour. Personally I have never heard of this matter. I understand only one letter was received; a reply was sent and nothing further heard of the matter. I may say I have seen more of this work than my hon. friend will ever see if he lives to be a hundred, because it has been my profession all my life, and I regard this as work which would not ordinarily be sublet; it is a perfectly simple maintenance job, on which the principal expenditure is for material, and has always been done by the Vancouver harbour board. It is the ordinary repairs to a timber dock made annually, done by an ordinary maintenance crew of the elevator or harbour. I see nothing wrong in it, but I assure my hon. friend that I am not going to allow it to be a subject of contention between the unions of Vancouver or the Department of Labour, it is not important enough. If work of any magnitude arises we will certainly give consideration to having it done by contract.

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