Hon. Lincoln M. Alexander (Minister of Labour):
I just do not understand, Mr. Speaker, why the hon. member does not understand the procedure under the collective bargaining process, and in particular part V. As I indicated to him, the collective bargaining process calls for the intervention of a conciliation commissioner. He can only do what he is allowed to do under the law; that is, when a settlement has not been reached, he can prepare a report and make recommendations for settlement. Until the report reaches my desk and until it is given to the parties involved, the hon. member knows that any contravention of the process within part V of the act calls for no disruption.
The hon. member will have to be patient. Unfortunately, it is a serious matter. I am very concerned, not only about the women involved but about the men involved and the workers in general. We have to wait until we receive the report of the conciliation commissioner, Mr. Tremblay, in terms of the recommendations and, hopefully-I say "hopefully"-the parties involved will accept the recommendations that will be put before them.
Topic: ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic: TREMBLAY REPORT-WORKERS' RIGHT TO STRIKE WITHOUT BEING SUSPENDED