James MURDOCK

MURDOCK, The Hon. James, P.C.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Kent (Ontario)
Birth Date
August 15, 1871
Deceased Date
May 15, 1949
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Murdock
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=3e57b464-66c8-4a1c-bf6b-c0e2e08ef1bf&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
trainman, union officer

Parliamentary Career

January 19, 1922 - September 5, 1925
LIB
  Kent (Ontario)
  • Minister of Labour (December 29, 1921 - November 12, 1925)
March 20, 1930 - September 5, 1925
LIB
  Kent (Ontario)
  • Minister of Labour (December 29, 1921 - November 12, 1925)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 344)


June 26, 1925

Mr. MURDOCK:

Perhaps I might be allowed to give an illustration. Take the case of a man sixty or sixty-five years of age who will within a very short time be retired. He has paid into the retirement fund, under the previous regulations, a considerable amount of money, which he would be allowed to draw out in a lump sum on his retirement unless he elected to come under the new Superannuation Act. A number of them have not yet elected whether or not they will relinquish their grasp on. that lump sum they can withdraw under the old scheme and let it go into the new superannuation fund, as it would have to do if they elected to come under that scheme. Some of the employees in that class desire a little longer time in which to decide whether to draw out the amount to their credit in the retirement fund, or to relinquish that and take advantage of the benefits that would accrue to them under the Superannuation Act that was passed last year.

Topic:   SUPERANNUATION ACT, 1924, AMENDMENT
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June 26, 1925

Mr. MURDOCK:

The only reason is the

uncertainty which some of them are in as to which course it would be advisable for them to take, whether to get their money in a lump sum, and in some cases it amounts to two or three thousand dollars, and be done with all superannuation schemes, or to come in under the new act. It is just a question of uncertainty in the minds of some of them as to which course they should take.

Topic:   SUPERANNUATION ACT, 1924, AMENDMENT
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June 26, 1925

Mr. MURDOCK:

As a member of a

labour organization for more than thirty years, I can assure my hon friend that I have kept closely in touch with the point he raises, and I may state that during the past three or four years no espionage has been maintained over reputable and responsible labour organizations. I realize that my hon. friend may regard as labour meetings gatherings of men who are first, last and all the time advocating the overthrow of constitutional government If he argues that espionage is maintained in such cases, he is right, and I say that it is proper that it should be maintained, because I do not believe we want such men, under the guise of labour, gathered together for the purpose of plotting the overthrow of constitutional government and doing away with certain conditions that Canadians love and respect and are ready to fight for. There has been no action taken by the police in any of these cases that I am not heartily in accord with, and I am ready to go into any body of organized labour, properly constituted, and defend the action thus taken. I could give my hon. friend some very interesting information about the attitude and actions of some gentlemen who pretend they are representing labour. They are doing no such thing when they are undertaking to undermine the constitution and thwart the laws of the country.

Topic:   TRADE AND COMMERCE
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June 26, 1925

Mr. MURDOCK:

No. Those employees were retired in 1919 and 1920 under certain orders in council just prior to the Calder Act coming into effect. They were retired on a certain uniform basis having regard to their respective ages and length of service, the retiring allowances running from one year and one month to five years and one month. For the last two or three years I have had the matter before me, but no action ha? been taken to continue the allowances. Some of these employees are more than sixty-five years of age, and others have twenty-eight to thirty-one years of service to their credit.

Topic:   TRADE AND COMMERCE
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June 26, 1925

Mr. MURDOCK:

There are a considerable number of employees in the service in somewhat the same position. For instance, down at the Printing Bureau we have several hundred employees who are not now under this Superannuation Act that was passed last year, whereas they were under the Calder Act, which expired last year. That situation and a number of similar situations possibly should be dealt with by parliament at some time, but this amendment does not change the situation at all in relation to the employees my hon. friend speaks about, except to give them one year longer in order to elect which they shall do.

Topic:   SUPERANNUATION ACT, 1924, AMENDMENT
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