On the Orders of the Day:
Mr. J. S. WOODSWiORTH (Winnipeg North Centre): I should like to call the
attention of the Acting Minister of Immigration to the following news item which appears in the Empire News of Manchester under date April 4, 1926:
10.000 miners for Canada.
£11 a week wage and five years' agreement.
Big scheme to develop new coal fields.
The Budget-Mr. Millar
An Emipire News representative cables from Canada news of a scheme to transport en bloc ten thousand experienced Welsh miners and their families to work certain coal measures for a group of British financiers.
It is proposed to pay the miners £11 a week, and group them in little "colonies," so that they will be in friendly and congenial circumstances. A five years' agreement is suggested.
Later on this statement is made:
Major Robbins told me he had just returned from England, having laid the proposition before the British industrial magnates, inviting them, along with their investigating engineers, to visit the mining area here.
He had also laid before the cabinet important data regarding Canada.
"Under the scheme," said Major Robbins, who is a native of Penarth, South Wales, "we propose by the aid of the experienced miners of the Welsh mining district to revolutionize coal mining in Canada and retain in the country millions of dollars that go over the border every year for this commodity."
Can the minister give us any light on this proposed immigration scheme? If it is so, will he kindly outline it a little more definitely? If not, in view of the unemployment in this country will the actual situation in Canada be given to the people in Great Britain?