Sir EUGENE FISET:
I am sorry that when the minister read the list submitted by the officials of the Canadian National Railways of the different shops to which this kind of repair work was to be allotted, he omitted altogether the names of smaller railway shops that exist in small communities. I would like to mention for instance the terminal of Mont Joli and the terminal of Riviere du Loup. The two railway shops that exist there are not mentioned in the minister's list. I would like to call his attention to the fact that at Mont Joli, which has a population entirely of railways employees, nearly two-thirds of that population has been retrograded or temporarily suspended owing to lack of work; that the work being carried on in the shop there has practically speaking been nil and that the staff has been reduced from nearly 250 employees a few years ago to about twenty-five at the present time. The others are without employment, and the least that could be done as far as those small shops are concerned is that repair work within their own division should be given to them. I would appeal to the minister to try to induce the railway authorities to give a chance to that local population.
Subtopic: WORKS, 'UNDERTAKINGS AND GUARANTEE OP RAILWAY EQUIPMENT SECURITIES TO CREATE EMPLOYMENT