In connection with this
section, a week or two ago a former president of the Weekly Newspapers' Association of Canada drew to my attention the fact that the weekly newspapers are the training ground for printers of all classes throughout our country, and he mentioned the fact that the apprentice starts in and must spend three or four years at the work before he becomes competent. Surely the minimum wage should not apply in that case. I notice that subsection (c) reads as follows:
-authorize the minister to permit an employer to pay wages less than the minimum rates of wages in the case_ of a worker who, by reason of his age, infirmity or inexperience, is incapable of doing the work of a, competent worker.
It will be understood that an apprentice, who is employed for the same hours as the regular employee, really is not entitled to nor can he earn the same rate of pay. I should like to ask the minister if the subsection to which I referred meets the situation about which I was consulted.
Subtopic: BILL BASED ON DRAFT CONVENTION OF INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANIZATION AND TREATY OF VERSAILLES