(Mr. Hughes) did not say that we had raised the men's wages about 25 per cent since we came into power. It is to be remembered also that all kinds of materials have increased in price, and consequently it costs a great deal more to run now than it did a few years ago. Instructions were given to the officials at Moncton six months ago that if hardship arose in regard to any item they must inquire into the matter. According to the statement the hon. gentleman quoted he could haul wood five miles, as I understand him for $7 a car. I can only say that that rate is cheaper than it can be done in any other place in Canada that I know of. I am confident it is not the usual rate. With reference to the laying off of section men, I know that has been a hardship. But all other railways do it, and I do not know why a government railway should not be run like other railways, in a business way. If we are to continue to support government ownership and operation, we must have the ordinary business course of management.
Topic: COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY.
Subtopic: PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND RAILWAY.
The House in Committee of Supply (Mr. Blondin in the Chair).
Civil Government-Governor General's Secretary's Office-Salaries, including A. F. Sladen, $3,300-$24,725.
Mr. CRUISE-What is this special provision for?
Robert Laird Borden
(Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)
There has been an unusual number of appeals from the Board of Railway Commissioners to the Privy Council, and in connection with some of these, I think, stenographers have been employed to take a note of the arguments. So far as I recollect, that is the purpose of this increase.