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Bill 54 (18 April 2007)

The Labour Standards Amendment Act, 2007

From Economy Committee Hansard - 18 April 2007

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Mr. Hart: — Thank you, Mr. Chair. Minister, my comments don’t pertain directly to the Bill and the changes it’s making on behalf of reservists. But what I would like to do is raise an issue for the public record that was brought to me by a constituent whose son is a reservist and is in training, I believe, in one of our neighbouring provinces and will be apparently going to Afghanistan after he is done his training.

And the issue is this. The young fellow is a Saskatchewan resident, has a vehicle registered here in Saskatchewan. I believe he is currently at a base in Alberta. He will be there for a few months and then will be moved to Manitoba. And the issue that his father raised with me is the requirements for licensing his vehicle with the regulations in neighbouring provinces. And I don’t have all the details, but I wanted to raise it with you.

I realize it’s not an issue that you yourself can change, but it is an issue that, because you’re taking initiative in this area, it’s something that perhaps we can look at. I’m not sure if anything can be done about it, but it is a major inconvenience and a major irritant. And it’s something that these young people who will be leaving to do their duty on behalf of this country . . . If there’s any way that we can deal with this to make it less of an irritant for them, I would just ask you to look into this whole issue of . . . and perhaps talk to the appropriate authorities in our provinces to see if anything can be done. I’m not sure if they can be. But it’s just an irritant that if we can, through some regulation changes, alleviate these young men and women from this irritant, I think we should do that. So I would just like to put that on public record.

Hon. Mr. Forbes: — Yes. I will follow up with that. I mean, this is an interesting process that we’re involved in because we haven’t really gone into this area. But clearly it’s one that’s more and more, I think, appropriate for us to be talking about. So it’s good.

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