Mr. Laverne Lewycky (Dauphin-Swan River):
Mr. Speaker, there are many important and useful changes in the Govern-
May 18, 1984
ment's amendments to the Canada Labour Code which were tabled this week. Many of these improvements had been proposed by the New Democratic Party for months, and even for years.
One such change which we have been calling for is contained in Clause 2 of the Bill, and provides for the elimination of the rules which say that handicapped people may be paid less than the minimum wage. This was an attack both on the dignity of handicapped people and on their economic ability to survive and function as independent members of our society.
The New Democratic Party urges the Government to bring this legislation forward quickly so it may be passed. It will be a cruel joke on Canada's disabled if the Government has presented this Bill to the House for no other reason than electioneering, with no intention at all of passing the Bill. The Government is in a rush to pass legislation which will help banks. Over the next few weeks we will see if it is willing to do as much to help Canada's disabled.
Subtopic: WAGES OF THE HANDICAPPED-PROVISION IN AMENDING LEGISLATION