Mr. MACKENZIE KING:
I do not think the point is one which needs to be discussed. What I was going to say about these meetings is that they reveal the extent to which representations have been made with respect to the order, not only in the house but throughout Canada, which are not correct. The people have been led to believe that the order was not to come into force until a certain time, namely, the 15th of this month. As a matter of fact the order has been in force for over two months, since December 5 in fact. And so far as I can see no one has suffered by it. Indeed, we are now being told that it should not be put into force to-morrow, lest once in force somebody might perchance suffer from the consequences of it. *
The clause which, was not to come into effect until to-morrow is No. 16, as follows:
16. No employer shall, except in accordance with a written direction of the National Board in any payroll period commencing on or after February 15, 1944, pay wages to an employee in an occupational classification for which he is required to establish a single rate or range under section 15 of this order, at a rate other than a single rate or a rate within a range established in the manner therein prescribed for such classification.
The manner prescribed is to see that that basic rate contains not only the former rate, but also an amount calculated by way of
bonus, embedded in it as part of the rate. The fact the hon. member and others have been under the impression that the order has not been in force up to the present time shows that there has been a good deal of misleading information and some misleading expressions with regard to it. However, I made clear a day or so ago that the government has under consideration certain amendments. Representations have been made by hon. members and representatives of labour and others, and I have stated that very shortly we expected to have certain amendments made to the order. I therefore cannot see why there is any urgency with respect to the order being discontinued at this time.
Subtopic: WARTIME WAGES CONTROL ORDER P.C. 9384- MOTION FOR ADJOURNMENT UNDER STANDING ORDER 31