May 27, 1935 (17th Parliament, 6th Session)

LAB

Abraham Albert Heaps

Labour

Mr. HEAPS:

Well, I did not put it quite as correctly as the minister has. The minister further objects to the government going into the making of equipment in competition with privately owned concerns. Coming from a gentleman so much in favour of public ownership, that argument sounds rather strange to me. In the first place we are using government money to pay for this equipment, but we are going to allow private contract shops to produce it and of course incidentally to take the profit. I think we ought to get a good deal more information from the minister in regard to this matter. I would like to know how many men are affected in the private contract shops; how many are working there at the present time; how these tenders will be let, whether by open and public advertisement, and whether the railway shops equipped to manufacture the same class of equipment will be allowed to tender. Finally I want to know whether the minister and the government will insist that wherever these contracts are let they will carry a fair wage provision.

Topic:   PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAM
Subtopic:   WORKS, 'UNDERTAKINGS AND GUARANTEE OP RAILWAY EQUIPMENT SECURITIES TO CREATE EMPLOYMENT
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