LANGLOIS, Raymond, B.A., B.Sc., B.Ed.

Personal Data

Ralliement Créditiste
Mégantic (Quebec)
Birth Date
April 10, 1936
Deceased Date
August 12, 1996

Parliamentary Career

June 18, 1962 - February 6, 1963
  Mégantic (Quebec)
April 8, 1963 - September 8, 1965
  Mégantic (Quebec)
September 1, 1963 - September 8, 1965
  Mégantic (Quebec)
November 8, 1965 - April 23, 1968
  Mégantic (Quebec)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 4 of 218)

November 28, 1967

Mr. Langlois (Meganiic):

I accept your ruling, Mr. Speaker, and I will consider that as a correction to the official report.

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November 27, 1967

Mr. Raymond Langlois (Megantic):

As a

supplementary question arising out of the minister's answer, Mr. Speaker, does he or the government think if this waterway were kept open throughout the winter there would be a gradual pickup in new traffic using it?

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November 24, 1967

Mr. Raymond Langlois (Meganiic):

Mr. Speaker, I had no intention of taking part in this debate, since quite a few members, from


Labour Dispute at Montreal my party as well as others, have expressed their opinion.

However, I have been struck by something on which I particularly wish to insist. Up until now, not too many members from the island of Montreal have expressed their opinion in the course of this debate.

I have no ulterior motive in saying that, Mr. Speaker. However, those members are right on the spot and should be more familiar with the problem than we who are further away. For example, I would like to know the opinion of the hon. member for Verdun (Mr. Mackasey), to whose services the government constantly has recourse to settle certain problems or to get out of tough spots. I know that the hon. member for Verdun is a rather serious man, whose judgment can generally be trusted, and I think his opinion would be most appreciated at this time.

I hope the hon. member for Verdun will not hold it against me if I make this request of him. In the circumstances his participation in this debate as a member from an area close to the Montreal docks would be most helpful in view of his knowledge of the subject. It would help not only to get the government out of trouble but also to get some of his constituents out of trouble.

[DOT] (12:40 p.m.)

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November 24, 1967

Mr. Langiois (Megantic):

Mr. Speaker, I had indeed noticed it. I am not as blind as some hon. members opposite who do not see the importance of that problem as other hon. members do.

I know that the minister does not intend, according to the answer he gave yesterday to the hoh. member for Ontario (Mr. Starr), to intervene in the conflict, and that he leaves it to the parties to work out a solution to their problem.

Mr. Speaker, I have noted a fact which is often distressing; before taking action to settle a dispute or a problem, the government

DEBATES November 24, 1967

waits until it degenerates into a serious crisis and then, when there is practically no way to settle it, administrators, arbitrators, etc. have to be appointed. Why does the minister not intervene at this time to settle the dispute? Why is the minister afraid to become involved in this? It is his job, why does he not do it?

Mr. Speaker, what kind of occult forces are at play behind those strikes, those conflicts, particularly this one, to make the minister refuse to deal with it. He knows very well that the eoonomy cannot afford another strike. There have been enough, why wait until that conflict becomes worse before intervening directly?

What the minister said yesterday is true; we do not have time to deal with all those problems. But if parliament does not have time to consider them, it is the minister's duty and role to do so. It is up to the minister to act immediately so that parliament may not be compelled to take steps in the near future.

When the minister is discharging his duties off-handedly, the government is compelled afterwards to pass legislation to settle those problems. As those responsibilities are not discharged, because nobody cares about the matter a crisis breaks out. The house must then be adjourned to settle the problem.

Due to the problems which we are facing at the present time, such as credit restriction, the rise in the cost of living and all the other factors giving rise to inflation, the risks of a recession which are evident for those who have insight, the economic difficulties, especially in the eastern part of the country-it must not be forgotten that the dispute in the Montreal harbour does not only affect the province of Quebec, but also all Canadian producers who use the port of Montreal and the St. Lawrence seaway-I think that the minister cannot afford to ignore a problem and to let it develop into a national or serious crisis. If the house adjourned today under standing order 26, it is because this problem is of national concern, otherwise Mr. Speaker would not have accepted the motion. In this connection, Mr. Speaker, I do not question your judgment, but that of the minister.

I readily believe that the minister does not have to worry about such matters ahead of time. However, the answer he gave yesterday to the effect that he had no intention to settle the problem or to intervene was rather clear. It would have been better for him to say: let

November 24, 1967

us wait a while and see how things develop. But it is absolutely false to tell us that he will have nothing to do with it, that it is none of his business.

I should like to ask the hon. minister to intervene, to summon the two parties and see where the trouble lies, where the problem or difficulty started. We had an arbitrator and a commission last year, in 1966, to do so: the Picard commission. Who has failed in applying the recommendations of the report? Who is responsible: The employees or the employer? We should know. Why should the minister, who endorsed the Picard report, now wash his hands of the whole matter, when it may well be that something is lacking in the report or in its implementation?

It is his duty as minister to look the situation over and to correct it. The minister is the only one who can solve it; I am quite familiar with problems of this type; quite a few of them have arisen in the past. Instead of ironing themselves out, they get progressively worse. We are reaching the point where nothing can be solved. The two parties take up their positions and, finally, parliament is compelled to step in through legislative action.

So, Mr. Speaker, the minister cannot afford to let the situation deteriorate in this economic area. Then, some people wonder why grumblings are being heard in some provinces, particularly in Quebec. We voice our concern over separatism, the fate of Canada, we discuss changes in the constitution, bilin-guism, anything you want. In the last analysis, it is simply-

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November 24, 1967

Mr. Langlois (Meganlic):

Mr. Speaker, I readily accept your remarks and the point you have made. However, if some hon. members see no relation between separatism and the economic troubles we have in our part of the country, I must say frankly and sincerely that I do. Moreover, I believe it is my duty to express my opinions in the house. The minister may not express his, but I do mine, and in good faith. I am convinced that it is my duty to do so.

The Chair may hold a different view. I may perhaps hope that my views are not 27053-295

Labour Dispute at Montreal justified but complete work stoppage in the port of Montreal is something that the economy neither of Quebec nor of Canada can afford at this time.

I make the connection with separatism because that may be remote but it is effective and dangerous. And possibly if more strikes were settled and fewer problems arose, or if more security were available for Montreal longshoremen, as well as elsewhere in the country, because such a strike affects all producers, possibly there might be fewer problems in Canada, problems of separatism, independence and all you can wish for.

In closing, I should ask the minister to kindly reconsider his position and to intervene in the conflict, not to impose a solution, but at least to try and discuss with the parties involved so as to arrive at an agreement before it is too late and before parliament is forced to take the situation in hand.

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