November 22, 1979 (31st Parliament, 1st Session)


Joseph Mario Jacques Olivier


Mr. Jacques Olivier (Longueuil):

Mr. Speaker, under the provisions of Standing Order 43, I ask for the unanimous consent of the House to move a motion dealing with an important matter of pressing necessity.
Considering that the Minister of Labour (Mr. Alexander) announced on November 15, at a meeting of the Standing Committee on Labour, Manpower and Immigration, that he intends to introduce a bill to set up a committee responsible for settling disputes in the public and private sectors, that such a committee will have practically no power and will be a source of annoyance, that under its terms of reference it will study the economic consequences of a strike, but will not consider the reasons which have motivated the strike-which is strongly prejudicial to the workers-that the bill setting up the committee does not contain a definition of "essential services", which can lead to abuses; and that the 20-day waiting period, which is supposed to set minds at rest, but might, indeed provoke them, I move, seconded by the hon. member for Chambly (Mr. Dupont):
That the Minister of Labour withdraw his bill to set up such a committee and, instead, concentrate all his efforts on removing potential hazards at places of work, on improving the quality of life at work, and on discovering the causes of labour conflicts in Canada, those aims having priority and deserving more attention than a committee for the settlement of disputes in the public and private sectors.

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