Well, we will not go into that point of order. The leader of the opposition suggested that the position had been almost unanimous in the house that social legislation of this kind was a provincial matter. I think the hon. member for Quebec East (Mr. Lapointe) the other day made the statement that I myself had taken that position. Some years ago I acquiesced in the report of the committee on unemployment insurance simply on the ground that the law officers of the crown had stated that the matter was provincial in character; that is all. But again and again I have stated that I thought that any body that had the right to negotiate peace treaties had also the duty to see that those treaties should be enforced.
But it was not for that purpose that I rose at the moment, but rather to move an amendment. Some of us feel very strongly in regard to section 33. It may not be a matter of prime importance, but it does seem to me that it is a matter that involves a very substantial measure of injustice to the employee. The amendment which was carried and has now been incorporated in the bill it seems to me does not meet the situation at all. It merely means that now the commission may act as attorney for the employee, but it still leaves the employee with a possibility of loss through conditions over which he has absolutely no
Subtopic: MEASURE TO ESTABLISH AN UNEMPLOYMENT AND SOCIAL INSURANCE COMMISSION