June 28, 1935 (17th Parliament, 6th Session)

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Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Right Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Prime Minister) :

I desire to say a word of explanation with respect to order No. 6 under government orders with regard to Bill No. 21, to provide for limiting the hours of work in industrial undertakings to eight in the day and forty-eight in the week, in accordance with the convention concerning the application of the principle of the eight hour day or of the forty-eight hour week adopted by the general conference of the international labour organization of the League of Nations, in accordance with the labour part of the treaty of Versailles of the 28th June, 1919. In the certificate that went to the Senate accompanying the message, it is indicated that the Commons had agreed to all the Senate amendments except as regards the consequential amendment which I moved, to amendment No. 9. In the motion that is recorded in our house it appeared that we agreed to eight amendments, did not agree to amendments Nos. 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14. and moved our consequential amendment with respect to number 9. The Senate, taking the fact from the message and not from the certificate, sent back to this house the bill to have amendments Nos. 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14 dealt with by the house. I went over those amendments fully at the time they were before the house and said that we concurred in them as they were not matters of importance, but in order that the matter may now be regularized owing to the' conflict between the certificate and the motion as recorded, I move:
That a message be sent to the Senate to acquaint their honours that this house agrees to the amendments Nos. 10, 11. 12, 13 and 14 made by the Senate to the Bill No. 21, an act to provide for limiting the hours of work in industrial undertakings to eight in the day and forty-eight in the week, in accordance with the convention concerning the application of the principle of the eight hour day or of the forty-eight hour week adopted by the general conference of the international labour organ-

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ization of the League of Nations, in accordance with the labour part of the treaty of Versailles of the 28th June, 1919, without any amendment.
And_ that the clerk of the house do carry the said message to the Senate.
We have not dealt, nor does this propose to deal with the consequential amendment which I moved the other day in regard to Senate amendment No. 9, and with which the Senate has indicated it does not agree. That means a conference or further action between the two houses. I am leaving that for the moment and will endeavour to dispose of it at the next sitting when I am further informed in connection with it. But in order that there may be conformity between the motion and the certificate, I am moving the motion aforesaid.

Topic:   EIGHT HOUR DAY
Subtopic:   MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE WITH RESPECT TO SENATE AMENDMENTS TO BILL NO. 21
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