February 27, 1929

PETITION

APPLICATION OP SUPERANNUATION ACT TO GOVERNMENT TELEGRAPH SERVICE

IND

Alan Webster Neill

Independent

Mr. A. W. NEILL (Comox-Alberni):

I

desire to present to the house a petition signed by employees of the telegraph service of Can-

Privileges and Elections

ada praying that they be permitted to come under the provisions of the Superannuation Act and would ask that it be read.

The Clerk Assistant read the petition as

follows:

To the Honourable the House of Commons of Canada, in parliament assembled:

1. The petition of the undersigned employees of the telegraph service of Canada humbly sheweth,

That we are employed in the telegraph department of the government service as telegraph agent operators, telegraph messengers, linemen, foremen, operator-linemen, agent-linemen, etc.

2. That it has been ruled that we are not eligible for superannuation as we are said to be paid at "prevailing rates."

3. That this is only a technical distinction as our salaries do not fluctuate, but remain constant for many years at a time. In this connection we may mention that those who are classified as "telegraph operators" are entitled to superannuation. This will apply to subordinate operators in a town, while in small towns and in country places where the telegraph operator has the responsibility of action as agent, he is then classified as "telegraph agent operator" and is not eligible.

4. That parliament has decided that it is in the interest of the public that permanent experienced officials should be encouraged to stay in the service by the prospect of superannuation in their old age and that the same argument applies with equal force to our case.

Wherefore your petitioners humbly pray that your honourable house may be pleased to pass legislation enabling them to contribute to the superannuation fund and derive its benefit; and as in duty bound your petitioners will ever pray, etc.

Topic:   PETITION
Subtopic:   APPLICATION OP SUPERANNUATION ACT TO GOVERNMENT TELEGRAPH SERVICE
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REPORT OF COMMITTEE


First report of the select standing committee on banking and commerce.-Mr. Hay.


OPIUM AND NARCOTIC DRUG ACT

REPORT OF SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON BILL NO. 4


Mr. J. P. HOWDEN (St. Boniface) moved that the first report of the special committee for the consideration .of Bill No. 4 to amend and consolidate the Opium and Narcotic Drug Act, be concurred in.


CON

Peter McGibbon

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. PETER McGIBBON (Muskoka-On-tario):

Mr. Speaker, I do not see why there should be any particular rush to hold special sittings of this committee while parliament is in session. The work of the house is well advanced; the session is young. At most a couple more meetings of this committee will enable it to finish its work. Personally I think we can find plenty of time for this purpose without sitting while the house is in session.

Motion negatived.

Topic:   OPIUM AND NARCOTIC DRUG ACT
Subtopic:   REPORT OF SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON BILL NO. 4
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DOMINION ELECTIONS ACT

REPORTS OF SPECIAL COMMITTEE


First and second reports of the special committee appointed in accordance with the recommendation by the select standing committee on privileges and elections.-Mr. Power.


PRIVILEGES AND ELECTIONS

LIB

Charles Gavan Power

Liberal

Mr. C. G. POWER (Quebec South) moved:

That the first and second reports of the special committee appointed in accordance with the recommendation of the select standing committee on privileges and elections, concurred in by the house on June 5, 1928, be concurred in.

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CON

William Alves Boys

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. W. A. BOYS (North Simcoe):

As

a member of the committee, I would ask the chairman not to press the motion. Surely at this stage of the session there is no occasion for such a motion; if it becomes necessary later on, may it not be considered then? Surely we can have our meetings in the morning and not while the house is in session, when we desire to be here attending to our duties.

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LIB

Charles Gavan Power

Liberal

Mr. POWER:

This appeared to be the

unanimous desire of the members of the committee who attended at this morning's session, and therefore I have presented it. Perhaps I may be allowed to say a word to express what I regard as the views of the committee. The two acts, the Dominion Elections Act and the Dominion Controverted Elections Act, are quite bulky. There are a large number of articles which it would appear to have been the intention of the committee to go over thoroughly. If that is the case, it will take a great deal of time, possibly more than we shall be able to devote to the matter this session. Personally, much as I should wish to meet the desire of my hon. friend, I must urge strongly that we proceed at the earliest possible moment with the work we have in hand. It may be that this is not of any great importance to the general public, but surely members of parliament ought to be interested in the act which sends them here, and we should do our utmost to get on with the work as soon as possible. However, so far as I am concerned, the act is fairly satisfactory in that it has sent me here, and if it were not revised this year I do not suppose I should be any the worse.

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Motion agreed to. Questions


QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


MCDONALD'S BAR, FRASER RIVER

February 27, 1929