Robert SIMPSON

SIMPSON, Robert

Personal Data

Party
Progressive Conservative
Constituency
Churchill (Manitoba)
Birth Date
August 18, 1910
Deceased Date
January 1, 1997
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Simpson_(Manitoba_politician)
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=8008b1f1-3d67-41dd-88f0-abb93e3428ec&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
clerk, miner

Parliamentary Career

June 10, 1957 - February 1, 1958
PC
  Churchill (Manitoba)
March 31, 1958 - April 19, 1962
PC
  Churchill (Manitoba)
June 18, 1962 - February 6, 1963
PC
  Churchill (Manitoba)
April 8, 1963 - September 8, 1965
PC
  Churchill (Manitoba)
November 8, 1965 - April 23, 1968
PC
  Churchill (Manitoba)
June 25, 1968 - September 1, 1972
PC
  Churchill (Manitoba)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 166 of 166)


November 28, 1957

Mr. Simpson:

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I apologize for stepping out of bounds and I certainly hope that on Saturday the Winnipeg Blue Bombers will not be charged with that infraction on too many crucial occasions.

In regard to this particular part of the bill, I wonder whether it is the feeling of the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre that this is a sufficient amount properly to feed and house an employee, or to what extent does he feel the employer should be willing to subsidize this venture? I am sure that extensive subsidization would be necessary. If it is public money we are dealing with this has to be considered. I can say, for instance, that in my area alone we can find many places where board alone runs from $2.10 to $3.00 per day, and still there have to be subsidies paid by the employer. Incidentally, in many instances these feeding places are running at a loss. We are fortunate, of course, to have some system set up in many of these places where the subsidies are

[Mr. Simpson.}

taken care of by the employer. However, I cannot see, Mr. Speaker, where 40 cents per meal and 50 cents per day for lodging in certain areas of Canada is going to provide adequate money to house and feed those employees. I must say I would be quite happy if we could make desirable living conditions available to those employees at that amount; but from experience in the northern areas, where some of the provisions of this legislation will take effect, I am quite sure that this figure is quite a long piece off what would be required.

I think also the principle of the bill which suggests that the employer should provide articles of clothing, or necessary clothing for the employees, clothing which by regulations they have to wear, is a very good move; but there are aspects to that which, from experience in other places, have caused a great deal of concern. Consideration should be given to just how much of this type of clothing is included. For instance, safety-toe shoes, hard hats, miners' slickers, and things of that nature are provided in some places by the employers, but there is always the question of when new equipment is necessary. Some provision would have to be made with regard to how much of that equipment would have to be provided by the employer. I might say that in some instances a very good plan has been worked out under which the employer pays half of the cost of those articles. Therefore, there is no decision made as to when new equipment has to be purchased because the employee, since he pays half of the cost himself, just about calls the shot as to when new equipment is necessary. These are just two of the points that I feel should be given more consideration in this bill. Generally speaking I am in full support of the bill with some minor changes.

Topic:   INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS
Subtopic:   PROVISION OF MINIMUM RATE OF WAGES FOR EMPLOYEES
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November 28, 1957

Mr. Simpson:

I think the hon. member misunderstood me.

Topic:   INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS
Subtopic:   PROVISION OF MINIMUM RATE OF WAGES FOR EMPLOYEES
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