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

IND

Angus MacInnis

Independent Labour

Mr. MacINNIS:

My objection to the section passing still stands. As the minister himself has asked that section 9 stand I cannot understand his objection to allowing this section to stand until we have an opportunity of studying the amendments. The section which is being substituted for the section in the bill is a long one and it is impossible to follow it simply by hearing it read once by the mover and once by the chairman. I think the hon. member for East Hamilton (Mr. Mitchell) has said that this section conforms exactly with article 6 of the convention. Section 10 as at present in the bill conforms exactly to article 6 of the convention. The section sets out that the competent authority may by regulation do certain things. It may make exceptions to be allowed in preparatory or complementary work. It may make regulations covering certain classes of workers whose work is essentially intermittent. It may also make regulations for temporary exceptions so that establishments may deal with exceptional cases of pressure of work. I think the section which it is intended to substitute goes much further than that. It will vest altogether too much power in the hands of the governor in council. As I said yesterday, if this law is within the competence of this parliament it is possible that it will supersede provincial legislation already on the statute books. I do not want to go back to British Columbia after having voted for legislation which is less stringent than the legislation already on the statute books of that province.

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