Mr. JOHNSTON (Bow River):
Sometimes in my constituency I have had trouble in securing employment for skilled workers. I have written to the minister on two occasions in regard to men who were qualified artisans, and who have come to me wanting to know how they could get in these shops or schools as instructors. I have one man in mind who is qualified as an electrical welder, and who also does acetylene welding. He has been trying for the past year to get this kind of employment. I have written the minister on his behalf, and in reply to me the minister
Supply-Pensions and National Health
suggested that I write to Mr. Ross of Calgary, and to a Mr. Henderson of Edmonton. I wrote these two gentlemen on this man's behalf, and also instructed him to write to them. I do not believe I received even an acknowledgment of my letters. He went to see the man at Calgary and also the one at Edmonton, but has been put off from time to time.
Surely there is something wrong. When men come to us as members of parliament and ask how they can get these positions, and we write the minister,-I suggest he is the proper person to whom to write-and he instructs us to approach someone at Edmonton, and there is no result, the persons affected become disgusted. I would not blame them. People go around wanting to know what is the matter with the government, and why there are not jobs for these skilled workmen. I suggest the minister should check up on the men who are supposed to be in charge of these training schools, because, so far as I am concerned, there is no satisfaction when one tries to get a man a position.