Baldwin's got hold of a plant in Canada that was used for making munitions; they got it at a bargain. They had made a lot of money out of it during the war, but I do not think they ever opened that plant since. They had bought it for a song, thinking that they might operate it, but after looking into the matter, they decided not.
My hon. friend knows, and I will accept his statement.
The Duncan commission in its survey of the iron and steel industry of the maritime provinces had before them the statistics of that industry for the year 1925, because the commission was sitting during the summer of 1926, and it was only reasonable to suppose that when they were inquiring into that industry they would look up the general statistics of the iron and steel industry of Canada, because my hon. friends must remember that there are other provinces in Canada that are interested in the iron and steel industry besides the province of Nova Scotia. Now, what were the conditions in 1925? I find from the reports of the Bureau of Statistics for the year 1927 that the number of employees in the iron and steel industry increased from 1925 by 15 600; in other words, there are 15.000 more employees in the iron and steel industry throughout all Canada than there were in 1925.
Will the minister allow me to correct him? I am quite sure he does not intend to mislead the house, but the figures that he is giving take in all the subsidiary industries that use iron and steel. They do not deal simply with the primary products.
Taking in all the industries, and in 1927 the number was 105,782. The selling value of the products of the iron and steel industry in 1925 was $411,378,640, and in 1927, $515,971,445.
My hon. friend a few moments ago complained of conditions in the coal industry in Nova Scotia. Well, in 1928, when the Duncan commission were considering the coal industry, they had before them the statistics for 1925, and I find that there were engaged in the coal industry of Nova Scotia-I am quoting now the sort of figures that will please my hon. friend from Pictou (Mr. Cantley)-8,333 employees and in 1927, there were 13,975 employees in that great industry.