Ambrose Upton Gledstanes BURY

BURY, Ambrose Upton Gledstanes, K.C., B.A., M.A.

Parliamentary Career

October 29, 1925 - July 2, 1926
CON
  Edmonton East (Alberta)
July 28, 1930 - August 14, 1935
CON
  Edmonton East (Alberta)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 3 of 157)


March 11, 1935

Mr. BURY:

My answer is that as I understand the situation, one of the grounds of our jurisdiction to pass this legislation is the fact that as a nation we have undertaken to pass legislation of this kind. That, as I understand it, gives to this parliament a jurisdiction which it might not otherwise have. My suggestion is that if that be so, the scope of our jurisdiction will be limited to the scope of our obligations derived from such undertaking. In other words if our jurisdiction depends upon or is derived from our obligation, to that extent, in order to keep within our jurisdiction so derived, we must keep within our obligation.

Topic:   C0A1M0NS
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March 11, 1935

Mr. BURY:

What I am getting at is that

the whole basis of the present legislation is the treaty obligation into which this country entered, and that in so far as that furnishes the ground of our jurisdiction as a federal parliament to intervene in legislation affecting wages, which in general would come under provincial authority, we must confine our legislation within the general scope of our treaty obligation. We could not go beyond the scope of our treaty obligation without exposing ourselves and exposing this legislation in so far as it goes beyond that scope to the peril of impeachment of our right to pass the legislation at all.

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March 8, 1935

Mr. BURY:

Yes, but it is not there. I

am suggesting that there should be in the bill a provision enabling the commission in such case to sue. If there is no such provision, I am very much afraid the commission will answer that under the legislation they have no power to do so. That provision might be added to subclause 2 of clause 31. After the provision in regard to fine or imprisonment there might be some such clause as this:

And in addition the commission shall be entitled to recover from the employer so in default, as a civil debt the amount of contribution so in default.

I submit that to the leader of the government.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Subtopic:   MEASURE TO ESTABLISH AN UNEMPLOYMENT AND SOCIAL INSURANCE COMMISSION
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March 8, 1935

Mr. BURY:

Where is that provision?

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Subtopic:   MEASURE TO ESTABLISH AN UNEMPLOYMENT AND SOCIAL INSURANCE COMMISSION
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March 8, 1935

Mr. BURY:

May I ask the leader of the

house whether the British act has in it any provision enabling the commission to sue employers for contributions in default? In this bill there is nothing of that nature, and what I am afraid of is that in the event of such a default, if the suggestion is made that the commission should sue the defaulting employer, the answer may be: We have

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no power under this measure to sue him; the only person under it who has power to sue in such case is the workman.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
Subtopic:   MEASURE TO ESTABLISH AN UNEMPLOYMENT AND SOCIAL INSURANCE COMMISSION
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