Mr. H. B. MORPHY (North Perth) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 66, to amend the Railway Act. He said:
The purpose of the Bill is to amend paragraph (e) of clause 34 of section 2 of the Railway Act, Revised Statutes of Canada, chapter 37. The Act as it stands includes, under the head of ''working expenditure" of railways ''(e) all rates, taxes, insurance and compensation for accident or losses." The Bill which I ask leave to introduce
extends the language of paragraph (e) to make it read in this way:
(e) all rates, taxes, insurance and compensation for accident or losses, including any such compensation payable under the provisions of any Act of the Parliament of Canada or of any provincial legislature providing for the payment of compensation to workingmen for injuries or in respect of industrial diseases.
The object of the Bill is to extend to the workingman who is injured the privilege of having his claim come under section 141 of the Railway Act in the same way as rates, taxes, insurance and compensation for accident or losses. It will give the claim of a workman who may suffer accident and loss priority as against a mortgage or bonding deed covering the railway's assets in the same way as rates, taxes and insurance now have a prior claim. This will bring the Railway Act into line with the new legislation of the province of Ontario dealing with compensation to workmen for injuries sustained. It is merely to extend the law as it stands, and it seems to be an amendment that is necessary in the case of a railway company which may be insolvent and unable to pay claims for losses. In such a case the workman's claim will have priority over a mortgage deed the same as the other elements now in the law have priority.
Motion agree.d to, and Bill read the first time.