November 8, 1919 (13th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Daniel Duncan McKenzie

Laurier Liberal


I have not seen a copy of this Bill which is now being distributed for the first time. I regard it as somewhat extraordinary that a Bill of such far-reaching importance to the commercial life of the country should be moved before copies of it have reached hon. members. The other night when the resolution was before the House I gave the minister clearly to understand that I at all events was opposed to it and considered it a highly important measure. The least courtesy I would expect from the minister, therefore, would be that the Bill would be placed within the reach of the members a few minutes before the second reading. The second reading now synchronizes with the distribution of the Bill, the contents of which I do not know, for I have not had time to study it. It was explained, when the resolution was moved, that this measure means that the safeguards surrounding the seamen of this country are in future to be placed in the hands of men who are "not shipmasters; and

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