Mr. STEWART (Leeds):
My understanding is that the rates are determined by the prevailing rate of wages in the locality where the work is done. This is an interprovincial bridge, and possibly there is some difference between the rate in the Province of Ontario and the rate in the province of Quebec. Such differences are adjusted through the Department of Labour. I can assure my hon. friend that the Public Works department sees to it, wherever complaints are made, that the provisions of the contract in respect to the payment of labour are carried out. The Minister of Labour is really the referee in the matter. He is the one to whom we refer and with whom we consult when conditions of this kind arise. I shall draw this matter to his attention and have it further investigated.
Subtopic: DEPARTMENT OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic: MTISED EDITION