Hon. George C. Marler (Minister of Transport):
Mr. Speaker, on Saturday last the
Inquiries of the Ministry hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre (Mr. Knowles) drew my attention to a telegram he had received from the international association of machinists, lodge 189, protesting against further lay-offs by the Canadian National Railways at Winnipeg, and asked that these representations be brought to the attention of the management.
In reply to my inquiry, the management has informed me that the lay-offs in question affect three men and are part of the staff reduction initiated last May in connection with the discontinuance of steam locomotive repairs at the Fort Rouge main shops.
The hon. member for Winnipeg South (Mr. Trainor) asked a supplementary question regarding diesel repair work at the Fort Rouge shops. I think he will find the situation in this respect was fully explained in an answer I gave on April 20 last to the hon. member for Winnipeg North.
Subtopic: REPORTED FURTHER LAY-OFFS AT WINNIPEG