December 19, 1951 (21st Parliament, 5th Session)

PC

Mr. Cole (Verdun-La Salle):

Progressive Conservative

1. (a) Legal fees and disbursements of unemployment insurance commission counsel, $66.20; costs of defence, nil; (b) Legal fees and disbursements of unemployment insurance commission counsel, $69.60; costs of defence, nil; (c) Legal fees and disbursements of unemployment insurance commission counsel, nil.
2. Legal fees and disbursements of unemployment insurance commission counsel, estimate not exceeding $250. Costs of defence counsel before all courts claimed at $150
3. The offence was that the accused had failed to comply with section 74 (3) of the Unemployment Insurance Act. No amount was mentioned in the charge.
The unemployment insurance commission explains as follows:
Mr- Wood, the defendant in the case, operates a real estate and tourist cabin business. Employment in that business is insurable under the Unemployment Insurance Act. The commission has experienced considerable difficulty in obtaining Mr. Wood's co-operation in the matter of making the requisite contributions to the U. I. fund, for and in respect of his employees.
Auditors of the commission have found it necessary to call on Mr. Wood several times and, on four such occasions, found him delinquent. In July, 1947 he was in default in the amount of $111.69; in August, 1948, $16.05; in August, 1949, $17.60; and in July, 1950, $5.76.
In addition to the calls made by the auditors, many letters have been written to him by the commission. Indeed, at the time of the 1949 audit he informed the auditor that he would not obtain insurance books for his employees or pay contributions in respect of an employee who was working as a carpenter. After a specific demand was made upon him to obtain books and insure the carpenter, he complied.
It is the duty of the commission to see that all contributions due to the fund are made. Default or delay in payment creates many problems, one of which is that the employees or former employees of the delinquent employer lose their rights, or part of them, when they become unemployed and seek unemployment insurance benefits. In other words, in such cases the records of the commission do not show all the entitlement of the worker; indeed, in some instances, the worker is unable to show right to any benefits because of the default of the employer. It will therefore be realized how
[Mr. White (Middlesex East) .1
important it is to insist upon and receive full compliance in the matter of payment of contributions.

Topic:   LEGAL FEES IN PROSECUTION OF MR. WOOD
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