1 wish to move an amendment to the schedule of Bill 118 as regards section 302 of the Railway Act concerning the Government railways. I wish to add to section 302 practically the same words that I proposed on the 18th of July, as follows:
All employees of government railways in the province of Quebec that have to deal with the travelling public shall be conversant with the English and French languages, and this provision to be in force from the first of January, 1919.
As this affects only the Government railway employees, there should not be any such objection as that referred to by the Minister of Railways on the 23rd of July as regards other railroads. This- would meet the approval of all the employees of the Government railways in Quebec, because I [DOT]have here a statement signed by four of the presidents of their societies from Montreal to Campbellton. They all approve this amendment saying that it would be largely in the interest of the travelling public. The statement is dated 28th July, 1917, and reads:
The hon. member for Rimouski has caused to be inserted in the Bill No. 13' entitled: An Act for the consolidation of the railway laws of Canada, on the 18 th instant, an amendment which reads as follows:
" All railway employees on local passenger trains running in the province of Quebec, having to deal with the travelling public, shall be conversant with the English and French languages from and after January 1, 1919."
Now, on Juy 23rd instant, this amendment, although it had been adopted by the House, was dropped and another one has been substituted to it which does not give any satisfaction. The
reason given for dropping this amendment was that the railroad companies were opposed to it.
Now we, railway employees on the division
and representing the International
Association of railroad employees, do declare hereby that we have seen with pleasure the amendment proposed by the member for Rimouski, and fully and sincerely approve of it; in fact, we state that it will not entail any hardships to any one of the employees, but on the contrary, that it would be a notable improvement, which has been demanded for many years by the travelling public in the province of Quebec.
Therefore, we ask that the amendment moved by the hon. member for Rimouski, should be fully reinserted in the Bill.
In witness thereof, we have signed :*-
Phy. Tardif, C.G.R., conductor, president of Levis employees association.
Jos. Robin, president of the Montreal employees association.
J. B. DubS, conductor, president of the Mont-Joli employees association.
E. H. Dionne, conductor C.G.R., president of the Transcontinental employees association.
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