Hon. Michael Wilson (Etobicoke Centre):
Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Minister of Regional Industrial Expansion and it relates to the support that the Government announced last week for the Devco mine and the closure of No. 26 Colliery, an announcement which we on this side of the House welcome. However, I am sure that the Minister is aware of the concerns that have been expressed regarding the safety of the mine, and of the hope that has been expressed that this type of disaster will not recur.
Since Colliery No. 26 experienced a series of fires over the years, some of which caused fatalities, there have been recommendations for the installation of fire doors in the mines to control fires. Would the Minister say whether he has ascertained why these fire doors were not installed in No. 26 Colliery? And would he tell us whether it will be a requirement that fire doors be installed now in all Devco operations?
Subtopic: REGIONAL ECONOMIC EXPANSION
Sub-subtopic: AID TO DEVCO COAL MINE-INSTALLATION OF FIRE DOORS