December 20, 1957 (23rd Parliament, 1st Session)


Walter Gilbert Dinsdale (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Veterans Affairs)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Dinsdale:

That is precisely the point I was going to make. I want to take part in this discussion this afternoon because on the bill before us I can agree almost completely with a fellow graduate from my own alma mater. It is not always that we see eye to eye on matters in this house.
There was only one small criticism I wanted to make, however. The principle of Bill No. 2, as well as of Bill No. 16, is a very commendable one. I should like to suggest, Mr. Speaker, that the hon. member sponsoring the bill does not practice what he preaches. He is the only man in this house who never takes a vacation. If you look down the list on the order paper, I am sure it would demonstrate that fact.
I do not believe any hon. member in this chamber would be against the idea that is being sponsored here this afternoon. It is an idea which is perhaps more firmly established in private industry than it is in public business, that every working man deserves a reasonable period of holidays. I think the principle has come about for entirely practical reasons. I should like to approach it from two standpoints. First of all, if you give an employee a reasonable period for vacation it makes him a much more effective employee. This principle perhaps applies today more than it ever did before because so much of the work in this age of mechanization is of a routine and administrative nature. Secondly, in the kind of world in which we live today it is to an increasing extent becoming obvious that more leisure time is at the disposal of the working man. The hours of work are decreasing and the amount of leisure time available is on the increase.

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