March 24, 1941 (19th Parliament, 2nd Session)

CCF

Clarence Gillis

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. GILLIS:

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Mines and Resources (Mr. Crerar). I notice that there is an item of $147,000 under this department to provide for the detention of alien seamen who refuse to perform their regular duties in Canada. There are rumours to the effect that in some parts of Canada the reason for this refusal is the fact that the government has offered them lower rates of wages than are paid to Canadian seamen. Last summer there were some 200 French seamen off four or five French boats which had been brought into Sydney from the banks and tied up in the harbour. These men were roaming around apparently without any supervision or means of livelihood, and most of them could not speak the language of the country. Was anything done for this particular group of men? In just what way .is this $147,000 to be spent?

Topic:   WAR APPROPRIATION BILL
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR GRANTING TO HIS MAJESTY AID FOR NATIONAL DEFENCE AND SECURITY
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