Mr. Ren6 Matte (Champlain):
Mr. Speaker, I will say just a few words during the presentation of this legislation. I just want to remind hon. members that when we are considering such a proposal, we should stop and think and ask why, for instance, in 1978, in a civilized country as advanced as ours, in a civilization which has some claims to progress and to development in every respect, how it happens that we have again to resolve through coercion such a simple problem as the services to be provided to a population. We should wonder why we have not yet found a means to prevent so many workers from relying on blackmail, which is what all those strikes are, as well as to prevent the government from resorting to more or less honest procedures which are very often childish, to say the least.
Mr. Speaker, we should certainly have found by now the means to prevent this situation from occurring. We should not try to find someone to blame. We should not try to find out precisely who is responsible for the situation, but rather, Mr. Speaker, we should find the means to settle this once and for all. This kind of blackmail should not exist in 1978. Such childishness should not occur in negotiations in 1978. Both parties should understand that there are strict rules that must be obeyed concerning ethics, respect and basic good manners. It is possible to assert your rights and even request certain privileges without annoying millions of people who need their mail. It is very well to request all that you desire, whether it be salary increases or better working conditions, but there is no need to do so by causing all sorts of disastrous problems for your neighbours.
Mr. Speaker, we must be sufficiently civilized to discover finally a basic formula which can eliminate all strikes in this country, to develop formulas, laws and regulations which can command respect. We now have a problem because our legislation and the principles behind it are inadequate and because no one wants to respect them. If only we really wanted to solve not only this problem and the present postal conflict, but all other similar problems because of which our population could not care less about problems! It is terrible, but this is what we have come to. How many times in the past have we seen people prepare themselves in anticipation of a future strike? For instance, the present strike does not bother at all those who have enough money to use special paid messenger services. Yes, we are so used to this situation that we have finally provided all sorts of alternatives in our own system. And while this goes on, we, the legislators duly mandated by the people, discuss another band-aid solution. Once again we discuss the means to solve a problem in the short term without thinking about the need to find a permanent solution.
October 17, 1978
Mr. Speaker, I believe that all this had to be said in this House during the debate on this bill. Of course, I agree that this problem must be solved. I agree completely as to the need to do so. However, what I want most is for us to insist from now on on finding the means to eliminate this situation so that we shall have fulfilled in this House our true responsibility towards the people we represent.
Topic: GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic: POSTAL SERVICES CONTINUATION ACT