Arthur W. PUTTEE

PUTTEE, Arthur W.

Personal Data

Party
Independent Labour
Constituency
Winnipeg (Manitoba)
Birth Date
August 25, 1868
Deceased Date
October 21, 1957
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Puttee
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=76a14a62-7837-4de0-b0d2-d237d71f8007&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
editor, printer

Parliamentary Career

January 25, 1900 - October 9, 1900
LAB
  Winnipeg (Manitoba)
November 7, 1900 - September 29, 1904
IND
  Winnipeg (Manitoba)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 70)


August 5, 1904

Mr. PUTTEE.

I wonder if the hon. gentleman and others who have spoken are aware that there -is in this Bill section 8, which'is evidently intended to deal with the construction of a new railway, and which affects the question which some of these gentlemen have paid a good deal of attention to this session, namely, the employment of aliens. The hon. gentleman is asking that this Bill be killed.

Topic:   ALIEN LABOUR IMPORTATION.
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August 5, 1904

Mr. PUTTEE.

I am not quite prepared to agree with the hon. member for Yale-Cariboo (Mr. Galliher) that subsection 1 of section 2 does not add anything to the law. We have the words ' and the entry into Canada of any alien whose importation or immigration has been so assisted or encouraged is hereby prohibited.' To my mind, that is something. About two or three years ago I had occasion to inform the Labour Department that two car-loads of Italians were being despatched from Boston to come into Canada in contravention of our Alien Labour law, and I asked to have them stopped. The reply was that the remedy under the law was to proceed against the persons who brought them in, that there was no power under the law to prevent these immigrants from coming here. Surely it is an advantage to be able to stop these people. You still have the remedy against those who do import alien labour under contract. That is the only reason, as far as I can see, why these words appear in this section. And, if the intention indicated under a later section, to appoint officers to enforce the Act, is carried out, surely it will be their duty, when attention is called to the fact that aliens are being brought in under contract, to prevent these people from coming into the country.

Topic:   ALIEN LABOUR IMPORTATION.
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August 5, 1904

Mr. PUTTEE.

I suppose that would be done under regulations to be made. Bui under the present Act, as I understand it, these people are not prohibited from coming into the country, but we only have the remedy against those who help them to come in. The hon. member for West Toronto (Mr. Clarke) referred to the general scope of the Act. I want to say th'at, within the last few years, I have been at almost numberless gatherings of labour men throughout the country, and I have never Sir WILLIAM MULOCK.

yet heard any of them endorse the policy of retaliation, as contained in the Alien Labour Act. Labour does not stand for the retaliatory principle at all. The only thing they want in the Act is the anti-contract feature. They have not been able to get it. but we have a measure of it under this Alien Labour Act. For my part, I believe that the minister would be well advised to keep in section 7, and, keeping that in, to strike out section 9 of the Alien Labour law. I never did endorse the policy of retaliation. I am not by any means committed to the idea that we should let other countries legislate for us. Labour stands for the anti-contract idea. Labour does not object to immigrants coming into Canada to take their part in the ordinary way in building up the country. But what they do object to, and what they have reason to object to, because they have suffered from it for year's past, is the system of bringing in bodies of men under contract, men who, in many cases, do not know the conditions of labour here, but who are brought in to take work from men who are already here. There is some relief in this Bill.

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August 5, 1904

Mr. PUTTEE.

Let me explain bow that is and_what is the complaint of the men in Toronto and Winnipeg and the other cities against Preston. It is this, that he is repeating statements made by these other agencies in Great Britain and therefore, putting the government stamp on those statements.

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August 5, 1904

Mr. PUTTEE.

I am putting it in plainer language ; but that is what the hon. gentleman meant by asking that the Bill be put over till next year. We have had a commission taking evidence ; and, although the report has not yet been made, it may be anticipated that the charges made bv the Amalgamated Engineers of Canada have been practically sustained, and that foreign engineers are almost altogether in charge of the preliminary work for the construction of the new railway for which this country is going to pay public money. Is this matter going to be put over a year ? That is what these hon. gentlemen are asking. This little bit of an amendment, which we have been on for three hours, amounts to nothing at all, and it is being discussed to keep us from getting to these other material sections of the Bill.

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