November 23, 1945

PC

Arthur Leroy Smith

Progressive Conservative

Mr. SMITH (Calgary West):

It is merely to show that we .believe.

Topic:   APPROVAL OF CONVENTION CONCERNING STATISTICS OF WAGES AND HOURS OF WORK IN INDUSTRY AND AGRICULTURE
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CCF

Angus MacInnis

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

Mr. ANGUS MacINNIS (Vancouver East):

I think it can be done very briefly. I am quite sure the hon, member knows the constitution of the international labour office. It is an organization where government members, employers' representatives and labour representatives meet. Conditions in various industries are considered at these conferences. A great deal of time is given to the consideration of different problems; it goes on over a period of years; nothing is done hurriedly. The conference agrees upon conditions that should prevail in the particular industry with which it is dealing. I mentioned this evening the inspection of tackle in the loading and unload^ ing of ships, generally a most dangerous occupation. They laid down careful requirements for safety in that particular industry. When that is done it is called a convention of the international labour office and it is referred to the various nations members of the international labour office who are asked to ratify the convention in order that there may be similar conditions in all maritime countries, in this particular case. Consequently no country can say, "We will not put these conditions into effect because they are not in effect somewhere else," and thus have an advantage in a competitive industry. The purpose is to improve conditions in the industry- generally.

As a matter of fact, Canada has been rather backward in the ratification of conventions. There is an additional reason for that than our desire not to do so. Perhaps we should have' ratified this convention many years ago, as I understand' it was passed in 1932. But we did not have a shipping act that provided for the necessary regulation and inspection. When the shipping act was passed in 1934 it was not proclaimed for some years afterward

War Service Grants

and ratification was held up in that way. I can assure m37 hon. friend that the international labour office is doing an excellent job.

Topic:   APPROVAL OF CONVENTION CONCERNING STATISTICS OF WAGES AND HOURS OF WORK IN INDUSTRY AND AGRICULTURE
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Motion agreed to.


WAR SERVICE GRANTS

INCORPORATION OF ORDERS IN COUNCIL- RECOMMENDATIONS OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMITTEE


Hon. IAN A. MACKENZIE (Minister of Veterans Affairs) moved that the house go into committee to consider the following resolution: That it is expedient to present a measure to amend the War Service Grants Act, 1944, by incorporating in the measure the provisions of certain orders in council passed under the War Measures Act and by extending and clarifying in several other respects the application and operation of the act, as recommended and reported by the special committee on veterans affairs. He said: May I explain that this is the unanimous report of sixteen members representing all parties. I do not intend to ask that the bill go farther than first reading tonight. I am asking the house to accept the general principles of the resolution and amendments proposed by members of what I think was the most able committee I have ever seen in this house. Then on Monday or Tuesday of next week we can go ahead with the details of the bill, either on first or second reading as may seem fit and proper to the house. Motion agreed to and the house went into committee, Mr. Golding in the chair. Mr. BROOKS; Is the minister going to make a short statement?


LIB

Ian Alistair Mackenzie (Minister of Veterans Affairs; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE:

I had intended to

reserve a full explanation of the bill for the first or second reading, but with the permission of the committee I should like to say now that last -year we passed a War Service Grants Act, which was in three parts, and as a result Of administration it has been discovered that there were some flaws in the legislation. This year a committee of

sixty7 ex-servicemen, members of the house, representing all parties and groups, has been working long hours and very hard over the legislation passed last year. We had the most wonderful cooperation from members of all parties in the house and the committee's work was done in the true spirit of the past which has always characterized committees dealing with the welfare of the veterans.

If I may, I should like to reserve a full explanation of the bill for the first or second reading. To-night perhaps it would be sufficient for me to say that the legislation is based on a unanimous report from the committee after careful and truly splendid cooperation.

Topic:   WAR SERVICE GRANTS
Subtopic:   INCORPORATION OF ORDERS IN COUNCIL- RECOMMENDATIONS OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
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PC

Alfred Johnson Brooks

Progressive Conservative

Mr. BROOKS:

Topic:   WAR SERVICE GRANTS
Subtopic:   INCORPORATION OF ORDERS IN COUNCIL- RECOMMENDATIONS OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
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END OF VOLUME II

November 23, 1945