Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):
May I say to my hon. friend that the order has been in force since December 9, 1943. I have in my hand a copy of the wartime 'wages control order, 1943, P.C. 9384. dated at Government House, Ottawa, Thursday, December 9, 1943. It was approved at that time. There is one clause in the order which does not become effective until the 15th of this month; that is, a provision giving employees certain advantages through having the cost of living bonus embedded in the wage rate, and having wage scales based on that basic rate. The effect of the postponement of that particular clause, as requested by my hon. friend, would be simply to deprive labour of at least one provision in the order which I think labour would very much wish to have retained. At any rate the order is in force at the present time, and my hon. friend's motion is not a correct statement of fact.
Subtopic: WARTIME WAGES CONTROL ORDER P.C. 9384- MOTION FOR ADJOURNMENT UNDER STANDING ORDER 31