Hon. Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport):
I have a statement to make, Mr. Speaker, concerning the resumption of full passenger service on the Canadian National Railways. Mr. Donald Gordon is making the statement from Montreal at 3.30 this afternoon, and he was kind enough to send me an advance copy of it so that I could make it to the house. I would not want the house to think that I am scooping him, because it is now only ten minutes after three. The statement is as follows:
When the coal shortages forced the Canadian National Railways to reduce passenger train service in Canada by twenty-five per cent, the railway management promised that the trains which were being temporarily discontinued would be put back into operation as soon as conditions justified. Now we are keeping our word. Full Canadian National train service will be restored as from Wednesday midnight, March 8. All trains in Canada that stopped running because of the coal shortage will go back on their normal schedules.
To the public who have given us their understanding support we express our thanks and say that the Canadian National Railways will, as in past years, continue to provide fast, reliable, up-to-date transportation.
In addition to restoring passenger train services, the management has given instructions that coal consigned to commercial and other users be given preferential movement over our lines.
Subtopic: COAL SUPPLY
Sub-subtopic: ANNOUNCEMENT AS TO RESUMPTION OP FULL PASSENGER TRAIN SERVICE