Mr. Chairman, I should like to say a word about the amendment to clause 7 which has just been proposed. I am happy
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to say that I find myself in favour of it. I think it is clear from the context of the amendment that it is not intended to alter the general and normal practice of one mandatory day of rest in every seven, which should be Sunday wherever practicable.
As the minister has said, this is a problem which does arise in connection with certain occupations. He may recall that I did have an informal conversation with him on this subject quite some time ago, particularly as it relates to coastal shipping in British Columbia. We have a collective agreement in operation in that industry under which practices have been established which provide that, normally, crews are at sea for 15 days and then are able to spend 15 days on shore. Certainly, if some arrangement had not been made to make the application of clause 7 a little less rigid than as originally drafted, I could envisage a situation under which ships would be pulling in to some little hole in the wall along the B.C. coast, and the crew spending a rather unpleasant rest day, when they would have preferred to have that rest day with their families when they returned home.
I just wish to say that I am pleased the minister has proposed this amendment. It had been my intention, if he had not taken that initiative, to have suggested an amendment to the clause.
Subtopic: MEASURE RESPECTING HOURS OF WORK, MINIMUM WAGES, ETC.