The situation is much more difficult than it otherwise would be. The fact is that there are only two great shops in the Canadian National Railways and the Canadian Pacific systems capable of constructing locomotives and certain kinds of equipment.
I understand that both these shops are in Montreal, the one at Point St. Charles and the other the Angus shops. The complete building of cars is possible at other shops, such as the one at Calgary. It has always been considered important by those having to do with the economic situation in that locality that provision should be made to produce a limited number, however small it might be, of cars. The same thing can foe said with respect to Transcona and the other shops in the Canadian National system.
There need be no apology for bringing up this matter in the house; parliament has always had to do with the capital expenditures of this railway and has had to find the money for them. It may well be, as the hon. member for Grey-Bruce (Miss Macphail) has said, that it would foe desirable to ascertain at the earliest possible moment what would be involved in relief expenditures, based on the facts as stated by hon. members from Winnipeg, Calgary and elsewhere, and what additional sums would be required if the work were carried on in the shops as indicated. However, if there is no work to do, that is a different thing.
Subtopic: MOTION FOR ADJOURNMENT TO DISCUSS MATTER OF URGENT PUBLIC IMPORTANCE-PROPOSED LAY-OFF OF SHOP EMPLOYEES