Mr. J. A. CUEKIE.
I wish to put myself on record, as a manufacturer, in favour of the eight hour day. It appears to me that this labour bureau is something of a cyclone cellar where these problems are relegated by the government when they come up, and the chief party to building this cellar and nailing a tin roof on it is the hon. member for Maisonneuve (Mr. Verville). For several sessions a resolution of this kind has been on the order paper, and the hon. gentleman has always failed to have the courage to put it to a vote, and the motion before us is simply another way of side-tracking the question. I do not see what information an expert can give that will be of any value to the House, or which the House has not already. We have had some experience already in connection with experts. The Department of Militia sent an expert to South Africa to write an account of the war, and we have not yet had his report. Another was sent to Japan and China to give us a report of what was taking place in those countries, but we have never had that report yet. If we appoint this gentleman, his report will probably be as little likely to be forthcoming, and we shall have this matter up session after session and the government will continue to side-track it. It would be best for'this House to deal with the matter fairly and squarely and let every member vote according to his conscience and his opinion. As one who has had ex. perience in the matter, I unhesitatingly commend the eight hour day to employers of labour. They will find that their labouring men will do as much work in the eight hours as in the ten. It seems to me that the government should not be behind the great majority of manufacturers who are now coming to realize the advantages of the eight hour day system. I am therefore opposed to any further delay. I do not think the expert we are asked to employ has any practical experience in the matter. In my opinion, the men in this House are sufficiently level headed and well versed in business to deal with the question fairly and honestly.