Mr. Scott Fennell (Ontario):
Madam Speaker, as new technologies advance, Canadians will be working fewer hours and shorter work weeks. The most significant result of this development is the time not spent at a regular job when people individually and collectively can create new technologies that will develop our basic industries and natural resources.
Canadians can exploit their traditional image as hewers of wood and drawers of water. We can, for example, advance new technologies for growing trees, producing higher volumes of grain, and cleaning up our great resources of water.
Someone once said to me that he can imagine a time when he will work three days a week. He will be able to devote over 50 per cent of his time to his own interests, and yet retain the same basic income and maintain his standard of living.
Imagine the benefit to this country from people with new ideas and new concepts. It will be very exciting, but we have to identify what people are going to do with their time.
There is potential for an exciting future, but unless it is properly planned it could be disastrous. Canadians will have to change their way of life so that the time not spent at a regular job is less passive and more structured and productive to provide self fulfillment. Canadians can become a creative society.
And so I ask the Government today to ensure this creative future for us and recognize and study ways to deal with the social implications that will arise from the new technologies.
Subtopic: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Sub-subtopic: IMPLICATIONS OF FUTURE WORK HABITS