Mr. GEORGE E. McORANEY (Saskatoon) : Mr. Speaker, I would like to read to the Government a telegram that I am in receipt of this evening from Saskatoon in regard to the coal situation. I think this telegram should toe in the possession of the House. It is as follows:
Saskatoon, Sask., June 8, 19.17. Geo. E. McCraney, M.P.,
Resolution of special meeting of Saskatoon Board of Trade held 8th June, 1917 :
Whereas, it has been brought to the attention of this board that the coal mines from which western provinces draw their supplies of coal are in general raising only a small proportion of their normal operating capacity at this season owing to the labor situation;
And whereas, in the interest of railway transportation, power production on farms and in cities, it is essential that the raising of a winter's supply of coal should be proceeded with at once before the small reserve stock in the country is further depleted.
Therefore, resolved, that this board urges upon the Government of Canada the necessity for taking drastic action at the earliest possible moment to secure the resumption of operations at western coal mines and to settle the differences between the operators and workmen and that copies of this resolution be sent by telegraph to the Premier, Sir Robert Borden, and to the member for Saskatoon county, at Ottawa, and the resolution sent to western boards of trade for their consideration.
(Signed) W. P. Kirkpatrick,
I hope the Government will take this telegram into consideration in dealing with the matter.