Marcel DANIS

DANIS, The Hon. Marcel, P.C., B.A., M.A., LL.B.

Personal Data

Party
Progressive Conservative
Constituency
Verchères (Quebec)
Birth Date
October 22, 1943
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcel_Danis
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=7dcf3dd2-39d7-4162-a494-1c4ca12ab718&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
lawyer, professor of law

Parliamentary Career

September 4, 1984 - October 1, 1988
PC
  Verchères (Quebec)
  • Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons (November 5, 1984 - February 22, 1990)
November 21, 1988 - September 8, 1993
PC
  Verchères (Quebec)
  • Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons (November 5, 1984 - February 22, 1990)
  • Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons (February 23, 1990 - April 20, 1991)
  • Progressive Conservative Party Deputy House Leader (February 23, 1990 - April 20, 1991)
  • Minister of State (Fitness and Amateur Sport) (February 23, 1990 - April 20, 1991)
  • Minister of State (Youth) (February 23, 1990 - April 20, 1991)
  • Minister of Labour (April 21, 1991 - June 24, 1993)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 1587)


June 8, 1993

Hon. Marcel Danis (Minister of Labour):

Madam Speaker, the hon. member is aware that the government made some changes to the former program put in place by the Liberals, adding POWA to help people aged 55 and over. I must admit that I would like to change the criteria if we had enough money to do that. For instance, last year, the federal govemmnent invested $70 million in POWA, and altogether we are paying more than $233 million in annuities for these workers. I think the federal government has done something worthwhile. Of course, if we had more money we would be able to do more, but considering the state of the economy I think we are doing a good job.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PROGRAM FOR OLDER WORKER ADJUSTMENT
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June 8, 1993

Hon. Marcel Danis (Minister of Labour):

Madam Speaker, I think the hon. member's statistics, and I am referring to the 83 per cent who receive no assistance at all, must be totally inaccurate. My colleague, the Minister of Employment and Immigration, helps workers who lose their jobs by providing training programs.

As for POWA, I can inform the hon. member that last year in consultation with the Government of Quebec we changed the criteria. As the hon. member well knows, until last year workers had to be employed for 15 or 20 consecutive years to be eligible. Tb include more people under the program, especially women, we made it 13 years instead of 15, at the request of the Quebec Government.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PROGRAM FOR OLDER WORKER ADJUSTMENT
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June 7, 1993

Hon. Marcel Danis (Minister of Labour) moved

that Bill C-101, an act to amend the Canada Labour Code and the Public Service Staff Relations Act, be read the third time and passed.

He said: Mr. Speaker, I congratulate the Commons committee on its excellent work in examining Bill C-101, an act to amend the Canada Labour Code and the Public Service Staff Relations Act.

I would also thank all members of the House as well as representatives of labour, business and government organizations who have made a substantial number of presentations to the committee.

A great deal of discussion has taken place during the preparation of the bill presented to the House today which I believe is a balanced package of amendments to the Canada Labour Code. These amendments when implemented should help Canadian business compete in world markets by reducing red tape while offering workers improved protection in the area of labour standards and greater uniformity of treatment and benefits across the country.

These amendments are a balanced package from which employers, employees and the government will benefit and which will protect the public interest. I am convinced that passing this bill will give workers the security and confidence they need to work more productively, while striking a balance between their responsibilities at work and at home.

This bill will help employers by streamlining and simplifying the administrative procedures under the Canada Labour Code and will thus make them more competitive. It will enhance compatibility of federal and provincial legislation, so that employees across the land will receive similar treatment and benefits. Finally, this bill will protect the public interest by offering another mechanism to facilitate the settlement of collective bargaining conflicts in federal jurisdiction.

June 7, 1993

Government Orders

The majority of the amendments relate to part III, the labour standards section of the Canada Labour Code. These proposals were developed over two years of consultation with federally regulated employer and employee representatives, the very parties affected by the changes.

Some 700,000 working Canadians will benefit from these changes to federal labour standards. The bill will streamline procedures for modifications to labour standards such as provide for the substitution of a general holiday, clarify the relationship between the minimum labour standards and collective agreements, provide for more effective collection of unpaid wages, provide wage and employment protection for workers injured on the job, allow greater flexibility in the timing of parental leave, and support a pregnant worker's right to remain at work by requiring employers to make every reasonable effort to modify the job or reassign the employee when her temporary health needs so require.

I would like to give further information on the last two points. Provisions that provide for protective reassignment for pregnant and nursing workers and those that allow greater flexibility in the scheduling of parental leave are especially important.

The amendments concerning the scheduling of parental leave address the difficulties that working families face in balancing their responsibilities at home with those in the work place. Under the provisions of Bill C-101 either parent within the federal jurisdiction will be able to take the parental leave to which he or she is entitled at any time within a year after the child's birth or after the child comes into the employee's care.

The amendment acknowledges that the circumstances and needs of parents differ. It is only equitable to offer some flexibility in the way that parental leave may be taken.

The amendments concerning maternity-related reassignment will protect women's right to continue working. An employer will no longer be able to force a woman employee to take maternity leave simply because she is

pregnant. Under the new provisions, employers must, as much as possible, change the duties of the pregnant woman or reassign her if her doctor considers that essential.

Forty per cent of federally regulated employees are women and, every year, about 6,700 of them take maternity leave. The amendments proposed in Bill C-101 will have a positive impact on many of these women by enabling them to continue to earn a living. By keeping qualified and experienced employees at work, the whole Canadian economy will benefit.

The amendments to the industrial relations provisions of the Canada Labour Code and the Public Service Staff Relations Act will serve the public interest by providing an additional mechanism which could assist in the settlement of collective bargaining disputes. The provisions would be invoked only when the action is likely to result in the resolution of a collective bargaining dispute where the public interest is affected.

Each component of Bill C-101 received a full discussion in the committee hearings. We had excellent representation from many members of both the government and opposition sides of the House, the Canadian Labour Congress, la Confederation des syndicats nationaux, a number of public sector unions, the chairman of the Public Service Staff Relations Board, and business organizations such as the Canadian Bankers' Association and FETCO which represents the federally regulated employers in the transportation and communications industries.

These were lively and fruitful discussions conducted in a spirit of co-operation that I found very encouraging. Some thoughtful suggestions were put forward by a number of representatives who appeared before us. We listened carefully and considered all of them.

I urge the House to support the bill. As a whole these amendments will be contributing to the efficiency of Canadian work places while promoting great co-operation between employers and employees. The changes will help Canada achieve a more progressive labour-management climate and will promote a more equitable and harmonious work place. This should have a benefi-

June 7, 1993

cial impact on the competitiveness of Canadian industry and the prosperity of Canadian workers.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank members of the committee who worked in a very harmonious way. With the support of members of the House and the other place I hope we can get this legislation into place very soon.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   CANADA LABOUR CODE
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June 7, 1993

Hon. Marcel Danis (for Minister of Finance) moved

that the bill be concurred in.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   CUSTOMS TARIFF
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June 7, 1993

Mr. Danis (for the Minister of Finance) moved

that the bill be read the third time and passed.

Topic:   GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic:   CUSTOMS TARIFF
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