January 31, 1938

NEW MEMBER

LIB

Walter Edward Foster (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

I have the honour to inform the house that the clerk of the house has received from the chief electoral officer certificate of the election and return of Joseph Arsene Bonnier, Esquire, for the electoral district of St. Henry, in the province of Quebec.

Topic:   NEW MEMBER
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DOMINION FRANCHISE ACT

POSTPONEMENT OP REVISION OF EXISTING LISTS FOR ONE YEAR


Hon. FERNAND RINFRET (Secretary of State) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 2, to amend the Dominion Franchise Act.


CON

Hugh Alexander Stewart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEWART:

Explain.

Topic:   DOMINION FRANCHISE ACT
Subtopic:   POSTPONEMENT OP REVISION OF EXISTING LISTS FOR ONE YEAR
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LIB

Louis Édouard Fernand Rinfret (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. RINFRET:

The effect of this amendment is merely to postpone for another year the revision of existing electoral lists. It is similar to bills introduced in past sessions.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

Topic:   DOMINION FRANCHISE ACT
Subtopic:   POSTPONEMENT OP REVISION OF EXISTING LISTS FOR ONE YEAR
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CIVIL SERVICE ACT

LANGUAGE QUALIFICATION OF PERSONS APPOINTED OR TRANSFERRED


Mr. WILFRID LACROIX (Quebec-Mont-morency) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 3, to amend the Civil Service Act. He said: The object of this amendment is to provide that all employees of the federal government who are appointed to positions within a province or transferred from one province to another, either as temporary or p rmanent employees, should before being appointed or transferred pass an examination as to their knowledge of .the language of the majority of the province. For instance, no one might be appointed to a position in the civil service in the province of British Golum-biv or Manitoba or Nova Scotia, unless he has the requisite knowledge of the English language, and no one might be appointed to a position in the, province of Quebec unless he has the requisite knowledge of the French language. Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.



Criminal Code Trade Unions


CRIMINAL CODE

PROVISION AGAINST REFUSAL TO EMPLOY OR DISMISSAL FOR MEMBERSHIP IN TRADE UNIONS


Mr. J. S. WOODSWORTH (Winnipeg North Centre) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 4, to amend the criminal code.


LIB

Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE (Quebec East):

Explain.

Topic:   CRIMINAL CODE
Subtopic:   PROVISION AGAINST REFUSAL TO EMPLOY OR DISMISSAL FOR MEMBERSHIP IN TRADE UNIONS
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CCF

James Shaver Woodsworth

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. WOODSWORTH:

The purpose of this bill is to prevent employers from refusing to employ, or from dismissing employees, or conspiring with others therefor, for the reason that they are members of a trade union.

As it is lawful for- workmen or employees to form themselves into trade unions and to bargain collectively, it should, as a matter of public policy, be unlawful for employers to seek by overt acts or intimidation, threats or conspiracy to prevent them from belonging to such trade unions.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

Topic:   CRIMINAL CODE
Subtopic:   PROVISION AGAINST REFUSAL TO EMPLOY OR DISMISSAL FOR MEMBERSHIP IN TRADE UNIONS
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RAILWAY ACT AMENDMENT

JURISDICTION OF RAILWAY COMMISSION IN CASES OF DAMAGES CAUSED BY ERECTION OF SNOW FENCES


Mr. OSCAR L. BOULANGER (Bellechasse) moved for leave to introduce Bill No 5, to amend the Railway Act. He said: This bill is the same that I introduced last session and which did not reach second reading on account of the short duration of the session. The object of this bill is to amend the Railway Act so as to place under the jurisdiction of the board of railway commissioners the assessment of damages resulting from the erection of snow fences by the railway companies. Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.


GOVERNMENT RAILWAYS ACT AMENDMENT

January 31, 1938