Mr. ANGUS MacINNIS (Vancouver East):
Mr. Speaker, I have not the report before me at the present time. However, I recall that there were two resolutions, one of which dealt with statistics in mines and in other industries, and the second of which dealt with safety in ;he loading and unloading of ships.
I believe the committee in its recommendations drew attention to the lack of adequate inspection and of adequate inspectors. It also drew attention to the fact that the government or the Department of Transport could not get sufficient inspectors of a calibre required to do this kind of work, until the remuneration paid is better than it has been in the past.
The inspector of tackle in connection with the loading and unloading of ships was before the committee, and pointed out that in only five ports in Canada have we inspectors. On the west coast there are inspectors at Port Alberni and at Vancouver. There are no inspectors at Victoria, Prince Rupert or New Westminster. The inspector at Vancouver is supposed to do that work.
These conventions laid down a minimum programme of conditions, in whatever industry they referred to. When a country ratifies or adopts a convention, that country is under the obligation to fulfil the conditions laid down in the convention. I submit that in Canada up to the present time we have not lived up to the minimum required in the convention. Although we have not ratified the convention, I would expect it would be ratified to-night. It will be up to the department concerned to see that these conventions are lived up to.
Subtopic: APPROVAL OF CONVENTION CONCERNING PROTECTION AGAINST ACCIDENTS OF WORKERS LOADING OR UNLOADING SHIPS