I do not think it is fair to ask a man to work for nine hours a day in the Maritime provinces where he receives less pay than he does in British Columbia where he has to work for only eight hours. There is no law in* Canada governing the hours of labour; and I can understand that in certain trades the men have, by virtue of the strength of their unions, an eight-hour day. In the eastern part of the province, for instance in the city of Sydney-I will mot speak for Truro, because I do not know about conditions
in that town-and in the city of Halifax the carpenters work for only eight or eight and a half hours a day. I understand that there is legislation governing the rate of wages paid under a contract, namely, that the rate is governed by the rate of wages paid in the district in which the work is being carried on; but I do not think it should hold good in regard to the hours, there being no law governing the matter. The minister might investigate the matter during the summer and see if he does not agree with me in regard to it.