Hon. Michael Starr (Minister of Labour):
Mr. Speaker, up until now we have been paying subventions on the coal sold in that area by the mines, and my statement related to those subventions.
Apparently the reporter did not understand it that way; apparently the people who were there did not understand it that way. There is nothing at all about subventions in the words attributed to the minister. He said, "If they will keep the mines open, we will pay the bills". The bills are not subventions; the bills are the cost of keeping the mines open. Then I asked this question:
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