February 2, 1910 (11th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Michael Clark


Mr. M. CLARK (Red Deer).

I am surprised at the large number of speeches that we have heard on the Conservative side of the House against what seems to me to be a very simple and innocent proposition; perhaps I ought rather to say the large number of times we have had practically the same speech delivered. I am surprised in view of the fact that we are asked to endorse a report of a committee which was unanimous and represented both sides of this House. If I rightly gather what fell from the lips of the leader of the opposition, I think he said that to reject such a report is a very unusual course of procedure. I am surprised further because of the extreme gravity of the question we are discussing. For the House of Commons te take the course of driving a hard and fast iron ramrod into the delicate machinery which should regulate the arrangements between employer and employee is a grave course, whatever measures we may take in regard to it, and something of a new departure in this country. The gravity of this course of procedure being admitted, I think we surely should not take such a course without having the fullest possible information. I thoroughly endorse what has been said by the hon. member from Toronto (Mr. Claude Macdonell) that the more information we have on this subject the less likely we are to go astray and the more wisdom we are likely to display in the decision we finally come to.

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