August 24, 1946 (20th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Clarence Gillis

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


I appreciate the government's desire to bring about uniformity as between the two acts, but I do not agree with my hon. friend that the charge of discrimination would be justified. I agree that the Unemployment Insurance Act is fair, and those who went on strike knew that the act would not apply to them. They knew very well what they were up against. But the boy who was overseas and who did not know the Unemployment Insurance Act came back here feeling that if he was out of work he was entitled to certain out-of-work benefits. We arranged that for him. Then he happened to drop into a first class row between the employer and the ordinary civilian employee. He is a victim of circumstances, and the out-of-work provisions of this act should be applicable to him. I do not think any member of the union who was not getting unemployment insurance would raise a cry because the government gave the soldier that benefit. There is a very clear line of demarcation between the two cases. I suggest it be given consideration.

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