I wish to speak on clause 7, Mr. Chairman. I was disappointed with the amendment put forward after the dinner hour by the leader of the New Democratic Party, But before dinner I thought some members on the opposition side were making a point which was most interesting. I should like to submit this view to the minister. If modification means making partial changes, I cannot but agree that neither the union people nor the employers, after all the agony they have been through, should be willing to accept modifications, partial changes in the agreement they have reached. I beg the minister to consider putting the word "temporary" in front of "modifications" in the clause because I think this is what he is really getting at. I do not believe anybody wants to force the parties concerned down an alley from which they cannot escape.
I do not wish to put forward an amendment since it is obvious that if the government is willing to accept an amendment it will do so, and if it does not wish to acdept an amendment it will not do so. I do not want to play games. I beg the minister to consider making this slight change in clause 2(b) which would let both the parties off a thorny hook. If there is no money available, neither party can live up to this agreement; but if money looks like becoming available one cannot, surely, expect the longshoremen or the employers to accept modifications which might be permanent. I ask the minister to consider this point.
Topic: GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic: ST. LAWRENCE PORTS OPERATIONS BILL MEASURE TO PROVIDE FOR RESUMPTION OF LONGSHORING AND RELATED OPERATIONS