Hon. HUGH GUTHRIE (Minister of Justice) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 75, respecting fair wages and hours of labour in relation to public works and contracts.
He said: On behalf of the Minister of Labour (Mr. Gordon), who is absent, I beg to introduce this bill. I may explain that the bill will operate as a repeal of the Fair Wages and Hours of Labour Act of 1930, and in addition to re-ena'oting many of the clauses of that act it will provide new sections to comply as far as possible with the recommendations of the price spreads commission. It makes provision for an eight hour day and a forty-four hour week upon government works and contracts, and it extends the federal government's policy of fair wages and the forty-four hour week to works and contracts towards which federal aid is granted by way of contribution, subsidy, loan, advance or guarantee, by providing that in all contracts hereafter entered into conditions shall be imposed which shall bind the contractors to maintain the same standard of hours and wages. These are the only changes in the bill.
Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.