Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)
Right Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Prime Minister) :
Mr. Speaker, I explained a few days ago in answer, I believe, to a question of the hon. member himself that we did instruct our delegates that we had now proceeded to give effect to the convention ratified some time ago, registration of which ratification had taken place at the time, and that we thought it undesirable at the moment to take any part in the further discussion of lessening hours of labour in view of the position that had been
taken with respect to the existing convention. That is, if the position which we took is sound in connection with the convention itself and it is intended, as was suggested during the progress of the debate, that it might be determined judicially, it was desirable that we should abstain from voting until such time as an opportunity had been afforded to enable that matter to be determined.
Subtopic: INQUIRY OF MINISTRY CONCERNING ATTITUDE OF CANADIAN DELEGATION AT INTERNATIONAL LABOUR CONFERENCE