March 14, 1935 (17th Parliament, 6th Session)

CON

Onésime Gagnon

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GAGNON:

Mr. Chairman, I desire to offer a few observations with respect to clause 10. I understand that this legislation is drafted to protect the workmen engaged in general industry, but of course I understand that parliament must make a distinction between Industry with a capital "I" and the small industry that is operated in the rural districts. I happen to represent a farming constituency and I have received a few letters from some small sawmill owners who are very anxious to find out whether they will be subjected to this legislation. I understand that the [DOT] amendment which is now proposed is drafted in order to meet the exigencies of their situation and will probably afford them relief. I understand that the sawmill owners are carrying on very intermittent operations and that their work is seasonal. They have been working a few hours in a day and for only a few weeks in the year, and of course it would prove a hardship to them if they were subjected to this legislation. Therefore I would respectfully ask the minister whether in his view this amendment he is offering to the house would have the effect of affording relief to the small rural industries.

Topic:   EIGHT HOUR DAY
Subtopic:   BILL TO LIMIT HOURS OF WORK IN INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS
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