Hon. JAMES MURDOCK (Minister of Labour):
I beg to lay on the Table of the
House the authentic texts of the Draft Conventions and Recommendations adopted by the International Labour Conference (League of Nations) at its third session held in Geneva, Switzerland, October 25-November 19, 1921.
Under paragraph 5 of article 405 of the Treaties of Peace.
Each of the members undertakes that it will, within the period of one year at most from the closing of the session of the conference, or if it is impossible owing to exceptional circumstances ^to do so within the period of one year, then at the earliest practicable moment and in no case later than eighteen months from the closing of the session of the conference, bring the recommendation or draft convention before the authority or authorities within whose competence the matter lies, for the enactment of legislation 01-other, action.
When the authentic texts of the Draft Conventions and Recommendations of the '1921 conference were received from the Secretary-General o.f the League of Nations they were referred to the Department of Justice for
consideration of the question whether the proposals involved were to be regarded as within Dominion or provincial legislative competent The report, of the Minister of Justice on this subject was approved by order in council on June 27, 1922, and a copy of the order in council is attached to the texts of the Draft Conventions and Recommendations for the information of the House. It will be observed that most of the proposals were found to be within provincial jurisdiction. Copies of the order in council of June 27, 1922, and of the authentic texts of the Draft Conventions and Recommendations were transmitted subsequently to the different lieutenant-governors for the consideration of their respective governments with a view to such legislative or other action in line with the proposals involved as each provincial government might be advised to take. The obligations of the government of Canada under the Peace Treaties have thus been fulfilled in respect of the individual measures of the 1921 conference which were found to be within the provincial sphere.
With respect to those Draft Conventions and Recommendations which were found to be within federal legislative competence, the authentic texts are being brought before parliament in conformity with the requirements of paragraph 5 of article 405 of the Treaties of Peace and are being laid on the Table of the House. The questions involved in these latter Draft Conventions and Recommendations are also receiving the attention of the government. The Dominion government has proposed to the several provincial governments, that a Dominion-provincial conference should be held for the purpose of considering certain aspects of matters arising out of the relations between Canada and the International Labour Organization. Most of the provinces have already expressed their acquiescence in this suggestion and it is expected that the meeting will be held in the early part of next summer.
Referring to the inquiry which was made in the House yesterday by the right hon. leader of the Opposition (Mr. Meighen), as to "when the House may' expect the report of the last meeting of the International Labour Conference," I find that the government has not as yet received either the printed report of the discussions of the conference or the authentic texts of the recommendations which were adopted by the conference.
As I mentioned yesterday, a report of the 1922 session of the International Labour Conference appeared in the December issue of the Labour Gazette, the official monthly Journal of the Department of Labour of Canada. I have pleasure in laying a copy of a re-print
of this article from the Labour Gazette on the Table of the House for the purposes of information.