LEWIS (West Huron) moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 66), to
amend the Railway Act. He said: Mr. Speaker, the Bill which I wish to introduce is almost identical with the Bill which I introduced last year, with this exception, that I have added a clause providing that all railways doing business in Canada after the first of July, 1910, shall report to the Dominion government the names and employment of all men in their employ who work over 12 hours on any day, or an aggregate of 84 hours in any week. The Bill jirovides that this clause shall apply only to trainmen, des-patchers, operators, and any others who have anything to do with the management or running of trains. The object of this- and I believe it will be welcomed by the railways-is to assist in the prevention of a great many accidents which are due to the lengthy hours despatchers and others are sometimes employed. I have had a number of complaints from different men of the long hours they have to work: but you can readily understand that if these complaints were looked into by the railway authorities, the men who make the complaints might be militated against by their employers, whereas if the railways are obliged to make a report, that is public property. I feel much more strongly than I did'last year, that there should be a public official representing the people of Canada, not the railway corporations or the municipalities, but the man of moderate means who has a grievance which he wishes to lay before the Railway Commission and is not in a position to do so on his own behalf. Since I introduced the Bill of last year, a number of cases have been brought to my attention in which an official of that kind would have been of great service to the people of Canada. With your permission, Mr. Speaker, I will hand into 'Hansard' the remarks which I made in introducing the Bill of last session.