Ronald Stewart MOORE

MOORE, Ronald Stewart

Personal Data

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)
Churchill (Manitoba)
Birth Date
December 22, 1911
Deceased Date
November 21, 2003
railway employee, soldier

Parliamentary Career

June 11, 1945 - April 30, 1949
  Churchill (Manitoba)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 40)

April 30, 1949

Mr. Moore:

I wish to direct to the government a question which came to me just this morning. It arises out of government-owned property which is at Port Nelson in northern Manitoba. When the Hudson Bay railway ran to Nelson there was a steel bridge across

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the Nelson river which cost some $2 million. There were also in that area a very large dredge and a large quantity of other steel products. Apparently the government has decided to dispose of this material as scrap. I have not all the information in connection with this matter, but, according to the letter which I received this morning, a salvage company was set up known as the Port Nelson Salvage Company. Apparently this company intended to transport this scrap material from Port Nelson to the nearest point on the Hudson Bay railway. They hired ten men in The Pas, together with some sixteen Indians a little farther north. To make a long story short, this salvage company has gone bankrupt, and the cheques which were issued as wages for these men have come back marked n.s.f. Is there any guaranteeing clause in any of the contracts involved in this transaction which would enable the men to get their wages?

I think it is only necessary to say that a number of these men were already unemployed before they took on this job. They borrowed sufficient money to pay their fares north, and now when they land back in The Pas they find that their cheques cannot be cashed, owing to lack of funds in the account of the salvage company.

I have not much information about this company, although I am told that a Mr. M. A. Goodene, of Toronto, had something to do with the company. He rented a couple of tractors and some other equipment to take on the job. It may be that two departments of government are involved, the Department of Trade and Commerce and the Department of Transport. I would ask those who sold the properties on behalf of the government if they thoroughly investigated the matter, and I should like to know if there are any qualifying clauses in the contract which would enable these men to secure their wages.

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April 29, 1949

1. Was Mr. Charles Morgan, of The Pas, employed in the repairing or construction of a government dock on the Saskatchewan river at The Pas?

2. If so, what were his duties, how long was he employed and what was his salary?

3. Did he receive any other emolument or consideration for his services?

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April 29, 1949

Mr. Ronald Moore (Churchill):

Mr. Speaker, the matter to which I wish to refer could have more properly been brought up in the budget debate, but because of the fact that the budget debate may not be resumed I wish to put it on the record on the motion which is now before the house.

In Manitoba there has been a problem which has been of some concern to the people. I refer to the decision of the directors of Trans-Canada Air Lines to remove their operating headquarters from Winnipeg to Montreal. I think it should be said that in the past two months all the Manitoba members have received communications from various civic bodies in that province, and from the chamber of commerce as well, asking us to oppose any move which would tend to

Trans-Canada Air Lines transfer T.C.A. from Winnipeg to Montreal.

I answered these communications and assured the bodies in question that I would do everything I could to prevent such a move.

When the sessional committee on railways and shipping owned, controlled and operated by the government was in session, a delegation from the city of Winnipeg interviewed that committee and presented a brief for its consideration. In that brief the chamber of commerce outlined the reasons why, in its opinion, T.C.A. headquarters should not be moved from Winnipeg to Montreal. Following the presentation of that brief, the directors of T.C.A. also presented a brief in which they outlined their position. The brief presented by the directors of T.C.A. made it plain that no matter what the committee did, it was the intention of the directors to move the headquarters from Winnipeg to Montreal. When I say that it was their intention to move the headquarters I am referring to the statement in the brief where it was said that the superintendent, his five assistants, and the office staffs, involving 159 employees in all, would be moved from Winnipeg to Montreal. The brief then went on to say that because this move was to be made, it should not be assumed that it was the policy of T.C.A. to move all of its operating staff from Winnipeg to the east.

On the following day a session of the railway committee was held in which it was decided to hold an executive meeting of the committee. It will be recalled by hon. members of the committee that the directors of T.C.A., the press, and all those not on the committee, were excluded from that executive meeting. In that meeting a motion was moved which asked that the decision of the T.C.A. directors be deferred for one year. I decided to vote against that motion. I decided to vote against it because in my opinion it was more of a political move than anything else. At the end of one year the election would be over and T.C.A. employees would be moved anyway. If the employees of T.C.A. mentioned in the brief presented by the board of directors were to be removed, they should know about it now and not a year from now. Hence I voted against the motion. I am not going into what took place after that, but it has been stated editorially by two newspapers in Manitoba that it was my vote which is permitting T.C.A. headquarters to be transferred from Winnipeg to Montreal. That is not so. I am perfectly willing to see T.C.A. retained in Winnipeg. I want to see it retained in Winnipeg.

I want to put on record a telegram which I have received from E. C. Gilliat, managing secretary of the Winnipeg chamber of com-


Trans-Canada Air Lines merce, in connection with this matter. It reads as follows:

Manitoba is counting on you in co-operation with its other representatives in the Senate and house to make supreme effort prior to dissolution to prevent the removal of T.C.A.'s operating headquarters to Montreal. The immediate effects of such removal would be very serious to our economy. The long-range effects if move is consummated could be calamitous. We are satisfied Manitoba's case has not been successfully challenged on the merits; hence this earnest appeal for action now.

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April 29, 1949

Mr. Moore:

If any private member of the government or any member of the cabinet cares to take the attitude toward this problem as outlined in the telegram I have read, and move such a motion in the house, I shall be pleased to support it. Again I want to state that merely deferring the matter for one year 3oes not in any way assist the T.C.A. employees in Winnipeg.

In order to keep the record straight I think I should put on the record a letter which I wrote to the Prime Minister (Mr. St. Laurent) a day or two ago. This is a copy of the letter:

Dear Mr. St. Laurent;

As you are aware, the people of Manitoba are united in their insistence that the proposed removal of T.C.A.'s operating headquarters, together with another group of employees, from Winnipeg to Montreal should be abandoned. Organizations representing the people of Manitoba are continuing their efforts in this connection, but it has been drawn to my attention that my vote against a motion dealing with this matter, when the same was before the committee on railways and shipping owned and operated by the government, might be interpreted as justifying the announced intention of T.C.A.

In view of the above, I wish to make my position perfectly clear. Had the motion made by Mr. Maybank, in the above-noted committee, called for the complete abandonment of the proposed removal, I would have voted for it. Actually the motion called only for a deferment of the removal for one year. Quite frankly I regarded this motion as merely a political one, and I felt that if it were passed in the terms in which it was phrased it would simply add confusion to the present situation. I need not go further into this phase of the matter. But I do wish to make it clear that I wholly support the request of various bodies and organizations in Manitoba that this removal be completely abandoned, and I wish to add my support to the representations being made to you in *connection with this matter.

It seems clear to me that this issue is not just an administrative detail. It is rather a national policy in a good many respects; and I urge as strongly as I can that you see to it that the operating headquarters for T.C.A. remain at Winnipeg.

I understand that members of other parties from Manitoba are making representations to you in connection with this matter. I am authorized to say that all five C.C.F. members from our province,

namely, Messrs. Knowles, Bryce, Stewart, Zaplitny and myself, are in complete support of the request for the abandonment of the proposed removal.

Hoping that you will give this matter immediate and favourable consideration, I am,

Sincerely yours,

R. S. Moore

I am not going to say anything further on the subject at this time. I wish simply to make it clear that the motion which was before the committee, and which I voted against, was in my opinion but a political one which would not in any way meet the requirements of Trans-Canada Air Lines employees in Winnipeg.

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April 28, 1949

Mr. Moore:

Have fishermen of the Thicket Portage, Fikwi-tonei, and Wahowden areas of northern Manitoba requested the federal Department of Fisheries to guarantee loans on their behalf for the purchase of livestock feed until their fish is purchased under the Fisheries Prices Support Act?

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