George GORDON

GORDON, The Hon. George

Personal Data

Party
Conservative (1867-1942)
Constituency
Nipissing (Ontario)
Birth Date
May 2, 1865
Deceased Date
February 3, 1942
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Gordon_(Canadian_politician)
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=5ad85252-e5b4-408d-b0ec-d0a246a9a374&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
lumber merchant

Parliamentary Career

October 26, 1908 - July 29, 1911
CON
  Nipissing (Ontario)
September 21, 1911 - October 6, 1917
CON
  Nipissing (Ontario)
October 17, 1912 - October 6, 1917
CON
  Nipissing (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 4 of 246)


June 10, 1935

Mr. GORDON:

Yes.

Topic:   FAIR WAGES AND HOURS OF LABOUR
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June 10, 1935

Mr. GORDON:

The following are the amounts paid to the province of Quebec under the legislation indicated for relief in the federal constituency of Hull in accordance with certificates of expenditure rendered by the province:

The Unemployment Relief Act,

1930 $ 134,123 46

The Unemployment and Farm Relief Act, 1931, and Continuance Act, 1932 182,487 49

The Relief Act. 1932 90.492 84

The Relief Act, 1933 140,168 80

(1) The Relief Act, 1934 36,823 72

(1) On July 31. 1934, the dominion ceased contributing to the province's expenditures on a percentage basis and since that date has paid to the province a monthly grant-in-aid to assist the province in discharging its responsibilities connected with the relief of necessitous persons within its borders. The amount of the grant-in-aid allocated to the different sections by the province is not however a matter of record with the dominion.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT RELIEF EXPENDITURE-HULL COUNTY, QUE.
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June 10, 1935

Mr. GORDON:

I do not think the question raised by the hon. member should cause any great difficulty. I am quite in agreement with him when he states that on purely federal works this parliament would have sovereign authority to make a one-hour week if it chose or a week of any other number of hours within the number contained in a week. The change with respect to purely federal works was to bring the construction of such works into harmony with the recommendations made by the royal commission on price spreads and mass buying. That amendment appears in section 3, subsection (1) (b) of the bill.

Then with respect to the new section, section 5, which deals with work to which the dominion, the federal state, may contribute by way of subsidy, loan, advance or guarantee; with respect to that class of work this enactment goes no further than the forty-eight hour week, because as I said a few

Fair Wages and. Hours of Labour

momenta ago, where the work is primarily-being carried1 on by another agency and the federal state merely contributes, then we might well imperil the legality of the bill by going further than we believe we have the right to go under the legislation recently introduced with respect to the adoption of the eight-hour day.

Topic:   FAIR WAGES AND HOURS OF LABOUR
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June 10, 1935

Mr. GORDON:

Yes.

Topic:   FAIR WAGES AND HOURS OF LABOUR
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June 10, 1935

Mr. GORDON:

I will only refer to the

point once again; at least I trust I will have to refer to it only once again. It is gratifying, at least, to note that two members from Winnipeg agree on one subject at the same time. In my mind there is a clear distinction in the interpretation of this section, and of course I get some comfort out of the thought that very eminent legal minds have assisted in drafting section 5. In this section it distinctly states that the working hours of persons employed in the execution of the work shall not exceed eight hours, per day. That is in harmony with the legislation which passed through this parliament only recently. Some hold the view that that legislation is not constitutional; the government believe it is constitutional. To avoid the possibility of an impeachment of this legislation by reason of an imposition, direct or implied, upon some other agency whether it be a province or a municipality-and the province is what I am directing my remarks to at the moment-the provision is made in the legislation itself that in the agreement which may be fashioned under the provisions of the bill the forty-eight hour week shall not be exceeded. I have no doubt, however, that operating under the bill itself and through to the agreement which may be entered into between this parliament or the executive as the case may be, and a province, it would be quite legal to bring the -working hours into harmony with the forty-four hour week or any lesser period of time that might be a condition imposed by this parliament when a grant was being made, and to withhold a grant under such an agreement if the spending authority did not conform to the condition that attached to the grant or guarantee.

Topic:   FAIR WAGES AND HOURS OF LABOUR
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