Mr. E. J. GARLAND (Bow River):
Mr. Speaker, may I direct the attention of the government to a telegram from the west which 1 received to-day? It is as follows:
Whereas there are hundreds of men, women and children in the coal fields of Alberta on the verge of starvation due to lack of employment; and whereas this can be remedied by the Dominion government granting a freight rate of seven ($7) dollars per ton from Alberta to Ontario; therefore be it resolved that we demand immediate action to this end from the Dominion government in order that the acute situation which is growing more serious every day may be alleviated. We, representing the United Mine Workers of America, respectfully request that you use your power and influence to the furthering of the above resolution. This is a matter of urgent necessity. A
copy of this resolution to be sent to the parliamentary leaders for them to take action.
May I ask if the government 'is in receipt of a similar telegram and if so, what action it proposes to take?