Judging by some of the discussion this afternoon, Mr. Chairman, this seems to be a day on which various members of this house are being surprised, shocked and horrified. I have to confess that I was rather horrified at some of the things I heard this afternoon, especially when the Postmaster General blandly admitted that on the one hand they were planning to introduce this five-day 40-hour week, and on the other hand they were going to sabotage it. I have to admit that I was somewhat horrified by that admission. I am referring, of course, to the suggestion that in introducing the 40-hour week, they were going to allow and encourage people to work overtime on the sixth day.
I am just wondering whether the minister realizes what a hornets' nest he is going to stir up when the news is let out that the Postmaster General is going to encourage this procedure. I am suggesting that if he does not seriously consider what I am saying, and consult with some trade unions in this country as to their opinion on this matter, the results may be serious. There are a few people in Canada who recall that the eight-hour day and the 40-hour week are matters over which blood have been shed, over which lives have been lost. They are not things to be taken lightly.
Topic: EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic: POST OFFICE ACT