April 10, 1918

L LIB

Joseph Archambault

Laurier Liberal

Mr. ARCHAMBAULT:

Suppose by-elections are held in the province of Quebec, the women would not be entitled to vote until January, 1919?

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UNION

Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Unionist

Sir ROBERT BORDEN:

Except in so far as they are upon the lists now available.

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Amendment agreed to. Bill reported.


COMPENSATION FOR INJURIES TO GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.


On the motion of Hon. J. D. Reid, (Minister -*f Railways and Canals) the House went into committee on the following resolution, Mr. Boivin in the Chair: Resolved, That It is expedient to provide that an employee in the service of His Majesty who is injured, and the dependents of any such employee who is killed, shall be entitled to the same compensation as the employee, or as the dependent of a deceased employee, of a person other than His Majesty would, under similar circumstances, be entitled to receive under the law of the province in which the accident occurred, and- the liability for and the amount of such compensation shall be determined in the same manner and by the same Board, officers or authority, or by su®h other Board, officem or authority or by such Court as the Governor in Council shall direct; and any compensation awarded shall be paid to such employee, or dependents, or to such person, as may be directed by the Board, officer, authority or Court, who may award costs as in cases between private parties in the province where the accident occurred; and any compensation or costs so awarded may be paid by the Minister of Finance out of any unappropriated moneys in the Consolidated Revenue Fund of Canada.


UNION

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Unionist

Mr. J. D. REID:

I wish to introduce a Bill, after this resolution is passed, placing not only the employees of Government railways, but all employees in the Government service under the same laws as other railway employees are under in so far as compensation for injury or loss of life is concerned. The Bill will provide that the compensation is to be the same as under the law of the province where the accident occurred.

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Wilfrid Laurier (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Laurier Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER:

I think the object of the resolution is a very proper one. I have no objection to the principle, but I must take decided objection to the manner in which the compensation is to be fixed. It is to be determined

-in the same manner and by the same Board, officers or authority, or by such other board, officers or authority or by such court as the Governor in Council shall direct.

This is another instance in which the Governor in Council is assuming jurisdiction which he should not exercise. The board which is to determine the compensation should be fixed by law. However, it is late and I shall not press the point now, but I shall press it upon the second reading of the Bill.

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Ernest Lapointe

Laurier Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE:

If I understood the minister aright, this law will apply only to provinces where they have a Workmen's Compensation Act. I Ibelieve there are four provinces in Canada where there are no such Acts. There is one in Quebec, one in Ontario, I believe one in Manitoba, and one in another of the western provinces. I believe that Nova Scotia and New Bruns-

wick have no Workmen's Compensation Acts.

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UNION

Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Unionist

Sir ROBERT BORDEN:

There is such an Act in Nova Scotia. .

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Ernest Lapointe

Laurier Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE:

Perhaps it is in New Brunswick in which there is no such Act. There are certainly three or four provinces where there is no such Compensation Act.

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UNION

Thomas Mitchell March Tweedie

Unionist

Mr. TWEEDIE:

What are the provinces which have no Compensation Acts?

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UNION

Arthur Lewis W. Sifton (Minister of Customs)

Unionist

Mr. SIFTON:

They have one there under which the amount is decided by arbitration and the real object of this resolution is to provide for the appointment of a hoard in Prince Edward Island instead of submitting the matter to arbitration. All the other provinces have Acts of some kind.

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Ernest Lapointe

Laurier Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE:

I was told by a gentleman in one of the labour unions that there are four provinces in which there is no such Act.

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UNION

Arthur Lewis W. Sifton (Minister of Customs)

Unionist

Mr. SIFTON:

There are four provinces in *which the Acts are practically identical; there are four provinces which have Acts that they prefer; but all the other provinces have some kind of an Act.

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Jacques Bureau

Laurier Liberal

Mr. BUREAU:

The object of this resolution is to bring workmen employed on Government railways under the Workmen's Compensation Act of the province. I object to any provision that will require the submission of the case of a man injured on the Canadian Pacific railway to a different court from that to which will be submitted the case of a man injured1 on the Canadian Northern.

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UNION

Arthur Lewis W. Sifton (Minister of Customs)

Unionist

Mr. SIFTON:

That is an alternative only.

Mr. BtJREAU: I object to the alternative. I want the same court to try every case whether the accident happens on one line or on the other. These two lines run parallel in my constituency for about twenty-five miles, but, notwithstanding that, a case affecting a man employed on the Canadian Northern will be tried before a different tribunal from that which will hear the case of a man injured on the Canadian Pacific.

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UNION

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Unionist

Mr. J. D. REID:

That is not the intention of the Bill at all.

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UNION

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Unionist

Mr. J. D. REID:

The intention is that the case affecting a workman employed on

a Government railway shall be tried by the same court that will try the case of a man employed on the Canadian Pacific.

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April 10, 1918