Mr. Arthur Laing (Vancouver South):
desire to say a few words in connection with this bill because in my riding of Vancouver South there are a number of packing plants, lone of which are connected with what are commonly known as the big three. We have i number of small packing plants capable of producing perhaps twenty per cent of the neat consumed within the province of British Columbia. That being so I must say a word, because the amendment proposed would apply mly to those plants operating in more than me province. The plants in my riding oper-ite entirely within British Columbia, and I :an envisage a situation where industrial *elations and disputes may come under two ;eparate authorities and two sets of rules, vith at least two different kinds of trouble is a result.
I believe the inevitable tendency of this amendment would be to give the aura and panoply of a public utility to the meat packing ndustry. In the province of British
Columbia we have recently had some experience with public utilities and we are going to have more in the future. My friends an the other side of the house may have a great deal of confidence in public utilities, aut I am not as sure that I have as much ;oday as I used to have. Public utilities can go before a commission-I know this is the attitude in the province of British Columbia -and say they have spent the money and *an prove it; therefore, they require higher [DOT]ates. I doubt very much if that attitude s in the public interest because they are, n sum and substance, providing a cost-plus ;ervice to the people who are in a wholly competitive business.
Meat Packing Industry
In this particular instance I can say that I doubt very much if the hon. member for Winnipeg North (Mr. Stewart) is endeavouring to make more money for the packing plants. Probably he is thinking of labour. I can foresee a situation arising in which this bill would prove to be against the interests of labour. 1 doubt if you can apply labour relations on a nation-wide basis. One can easily envision circumstances where a particular-
Topic: MEAT PACKING INDUSTRY
Subtopic: WORKS AND UNDERTAKINGS DECLARED TO BE FOR THE GENERAL ADVANTAGE OF CANADA