Clause 3. — (Power of Parliament of Dominion to legislate extra-territorially.)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons on 24th November 1931.

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Photo of Mr Charles Williams Mr Charles Williams , Torquay

There is some confusion in the minds of some of us as to what these extra-territorial laws are. Suppose the Parliament of Canada passed a law requiring a Canadian miner to work nine hours a day, would that law enable a Canadian miner in a country where there was only an eight hours day to work the full nine hours a day? Again, you might have exactly the reverse of that situation, which would be equally difficult to decide. You might have a Canadian who was only permitted to work seven hours. Would he be compelled in another country, where eight hours were allowed, to work for only seven hours? As I understand, the law of the country where they were actually working would prevail, and not the law of the Dominion or country from which they came; but I would like to be quite clear on the point.