March 14, 1935


Hon. W. A. GORDON (Minister of Labour) moved the second reading of Bill No. 22, to provide for a weekly day of rest in accordance with the convention concerning the application of the weekly rest in industrial undertakings adopted by the general conference of the international labour organization of the League of Nations, in accordance with the labour part of the treaty of Versailles of June 28, 1919.


LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Leader of the Opposition):

I have looked at the bill and compared it with the Lord's Day Act and with what is provided by the statutes of the different provinces and it does not appear to me that the bill either adds to or subtracts from the law as it is at the present time, and there is therefore no reason why exception should be made to the second reading beyond what I have indicated. It does seem to me that what would better meet the needs of the day would be a bill providing for the certainty of one day's work in seven instead of one day's rest in seven.

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CON

George Gordon

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GORDON:

I thank the right hon. gentleman for his contribution to the debate.

Motion agreed to and the house went into committee, Mr. Morand in the chair.

Section 1 agreed to.

On section 2-Industrial undertaking.

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CON

Richard Burpee Hanson (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

A slight amendment is proposed to section 2. The section reads:

In this act, unless the context otherwise requires, the term "industrial undertaking" includes-

(a), (b), (c) and (d), and (d) reads:

Transport of passengers or goods by roads, rail, or inland waterway, including the handling of goods at docks, quays, wharves or warehouses, but excluding transport by hand.

The word "roads" in line 21 is a mistake; it should be " road." It is proposed to omit the words " or inland waterway." I move therefore that section 2 be amended by striking out in subsection (d) the words "roads, rail or inland waterway" and substituting the words " road or rail." That would have the effect of correcting the typographical error and omitting the words "or inland waterway."

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LAB

Humphrey Mitchell

Labour

Mr. MITCHELL:

Why are these words omitted?

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CON

George Gordon

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GORDON:

It will be noted that these words do not appear in Bill No. 21. Yesterday, in discussing one of the sections of Bill No. 21. the hon. member for East Hamilton (Mr. Mitchell) referred to the convention and made some observations with respect to the omission of these -words from that bill. Article 1 of the convention on which Bill No. 21 was founded reads:

Transport of passengers or goods by road, rail, sea, or inland waterway, including the handling of goods at docks, quays, wharves, and warehouses, but excluding transport by hand.

The provisions relative to transport by sea and on inland waterways shall be determined by a special conference dealing with employment at sea and on inland waterways.

The countries that were signatories to the treaty, and involved in the adoption of the convention, held two conferences, one in 1920 and another in 1929, with a view to arriving at some decision with respect to including such transportation in the convention. The countries were unable to come to any decision in the matter, and very much the same difficulty arises in incorporating transportation by sea and on inland waters into Bill No. 22 which is now before us. I have gone into it carefully and have come to the conclusion that it would be impossible to incorporate in

the bill such transportation in Canada, where we have vast inland waters. In my judgment, and in the judgment of many of those with whom I have discussed the matter, it is not possible.

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Section agreed to. On section 3-Period of rest of twenty-four hours in each seven days.


CON

Richard Burpee Hanson (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

There is a short amendment to this section, the addition of a new subsection 4.

The provisions of this section shall not apply in the case of persons holding positions of supervision or management, nor to persons employed in a confidential capacity.

It is represented that there are occasions in the railway companies when supervisory officers must, in case of emergency or of accident, do some work on the day of rest, and this is to exempt them and them only.

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LAB

Humphrey Mitchell

Labour

Mr. MITCHELL:

They are exempted

already.

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CON

Richard Burpee Hanson (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

We do

not think so, and so I am moving that a new subclause 4 be added to clause 3 of the bill. It is in Bill No. 21 that I think the hon. gentleman will find the provision, but not in Bill No. 22, and it was left out by mistake.

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LAB

Humphrey Mitchell

Labour

Mr. MITCHELL:

That is right.

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Amendment agreed to.


LIB

Charles Marcil

Liberal

Mr. MARCIL:

I would like to direct

the attention of the minister to the fact that in Quebec a great deal of objection is being taken to Sunday work especially in the paper mills. Many actions have been taken under the provincial law. Does this legislation encourage greater respect for the Sabbath day, or does it allow the law to stand as it is now, because* there are many complaints of the kind I have mentioned?

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CON

Richard Burpee Hanson (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

Notwithstanding the opinion expressed a few minutes ago by the leader of the opposition, we believe this legislation will encourage a greater respect for the Lord's day.

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LIB

Charles Marcil

Liberal

Mr. MARCIL:

In the paper mills it is

contended that there is a class of work that must be done on Sundays and great objection is taken to this by people who have brought charges against the companies under the provincial act.

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LIB

Ernest Lapointe

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE:

It is a federal act.

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LIB

Charles Marcil

Liberal

Mr. MARCIL:

The Lord's Day Act. Will this supersede the Lord's Day Act or amend it in any way?

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CON

Richard Burpee Hanson (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

I would

direct the hon. member's attention to the provisions of subclause 3 of clause 3 which states:

This period of rest shall wherever possible be the Lord's day as defined in the Lord's Day Act, chapter 123 of the revised statutes of Canada, 1927.

The intention is that it shall give effect to that as the day of rest.

Clause 3 as amended agreed to.

On clause 4-Regulations for total or partial exceptions.

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IND

Alan Webster Neill

Independent

Mr. NEILL:

Should the word not be

"exemption" instead of "exception"?

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CON

Richard Burpee Hanson (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

It means

the same thing.

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March 14, 1935