the chairman, the hon. member for Cape Breton South and Richmond (Mr. Carroll). In my constituency the people do not limit themselves to eight hours a day; the majority do not work less than eight hours, and quite a number of them much longer than that. However, the proposition here is to apply the eight hour day to public works which I understand will add twenty-five per cent to the cost of such work. It is largely a question of economy. Are the finances of Canada in such a condition as to justify the payment of an additional twenty-five per cent? It is up to parliament to decide what shall be done.
Another phase of this matter which is more likely to affect Quebec at the present time, is that a large number of industries, chiefly in pulp manufacturing in Quebec, do not observe the Sabbath day. These works continue in operation in districts where the observance of the Sabbath is very general. The violation of the Lord's Day Act is fairly general by these mills, and municipalities in the province have adopted resolutions at public meetings, township meetings and so on, protesting strongly against this want of respect for the Sabbath day, a day which should be generally observed throughout the whole of Canada. Some years ago I had the honour of doing my share in having legislation passed to enforce the observance of the Sabbath day; but when the Senate dealt with the measure, they placed an amendment at the tail end of it, in two lines, stating that the enforcement of the act would rest with the provincial authorities. Therefore, the enforcement of the act rests with each province. I am glad, however, to see in this reference to the Supreme court, there is also included the question of the forty-eight hour week which means six days a week and not seven. For that reason I am glad to say a word in favour of this report, everything that the Minister of Labour (Mr. Murdock) has said, and the action being taken now in referring the question to the Supreme Court of Canada. When we have their decision on this point and when we know exactly the powers of this Dominion and the powers of the provinces as well, we shall be able to deal with the matter fairly and as it should be dealt with in the interest of the labouring classes and of a Christian country such as Canada is.