The house resumed from Wednesday, March 13, consideration in committee of Bill No. 21, to provide for limiting the hours of work in industrial undertakings to eight in the day and forty-eight in the week, in accordance with the convention concerning the application of the principle of the eight hour day or of the forty-eight hour week adopted by the general conference of the international labour organization of the League of Nations,
(Mr. R. Weir.]
in accordance with the labour part of the treaty of Versailles of 28th June, 1019,-Mr. Gordon (for Mr. Bennett)-Mr. Morand in the chair.
P. F. CASGRAIN (Charlevoix-Saguenay): Mr. Chairman, I 'have in my hand a letter addressed to the hon. member for St. Hya-cinthe-Rouville (Mr. Fontaine) which I have been asked to read to the house in the absence of the hon.. member. This letter is in connection with the working hours in certain industries such as the canning industry. The letter is dated February 26, 1935, and reads as follows:
The convention applies to all industrial undertaking which of course includes all manufacturers. While we approve these regulations for the industry in general, on behalf of the canning industry we feel that certain provisions of these regulations would not work out satisfactorily in our industry, and would cause in some instances very serious hardship to the growers who are furnishing the raw products to our industry, as many factories are located in centres of a small population, and owing to the nature of our business whereas we may have heavy deliveries one day, and light deliveries another day, due to climatic or other conditions, we feel that it is pretty nearly impossible to secure sufficient help to work two shifts in these centres.
Also taking in consideration that all produce pertaining to a canning industry is perishable in a great many instances within few hours, therefore it is necessary that this produce be taken care of regardless to the hours we may have to do so, other than this it would be a total loss to the growers.
We also had instances where during the rush of the season the rain held farmers from harvesting their crop causing the factory _ to have to close up or work just few hours during that time, and was then necessary for the factory to work long hours to catch up again, or otherwise the grower would loose his crop. Owing to the fact that most canning factories are only a seasonal operation, we feel in this particular respect that there should be some special provisions to work hours necessary to handle farmers crops without any injury to the help.
We trust we have made ourselves plain and that you may see your way clear to take this matter belfore the house.
St. Hyacinthe Canning Factory.
(Signed) J. H. Logan.
A letter enclosing a copy of this letter was sent to the Prime Minister. I put this letter on record so that these people will have their wish known to the house.