Mr. JOHNSTON (Bow River):
On several occasions in the last two or three days I have been informed that within this city of Ottawa wages are being paid as low as eight cents, ten cents and twelve cents an hour, and that when these men work three or four months they are laid off and new apprentices put in their places. In that way production costs are reduced; but if that procedure is adopted, we shall never have any development of experienced mechanics. I was hesitant about bringing up the matter; but since it has been raised, I should like the minister to assure the committee that no such wage as that is being paid in any industry where government contracts are let.
Subtopic: PROVISION FOR GRANTING TO HIS MAJESTY AID FOR NATIONAL DEFENCE AND SECURITY