May 27, 1935 (17th Parliament, 6th Session)

LIB

William Daum Euler

Liberal

Mr. EULER:

Except at the peaks, and
then he thought that the cars could be borrowed, the common practice with railways. I find fault with this appropriation because the Canadian National Railways is already heavily loaded with debt obligations. I do not like to strengthen the hands of my hon. friends opposite, and particularly those of the Minister of Railways (Mr. Manion), who so consistently and strongly criticized the former government for expending such large sums of money on the Canadian National Railways. If this $8,000,000 is not required by the Canadian National Railways, as has been stated by the president, we have no right to load S2582-1964
up the company with this additional amount. The amounts which have been allowed the two railroads are not in proportion. The Canadian National Railways is to get $8,000,000 while the Canadian Pacific Railway is to get $7,000,000. If the total $15,000,000 is to be provided according to mileage or capitalization, especially capitalization, the Canadian National Railways would get almost all.
I shall not discuss the division as between the private and railroad shops, although I think there is considerable force in the minister's statement that the employees in the private shops are Canadian citizens and entitled to such relief as the government can afford. I cannot agree entirely with the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre (Mr. Woodsworth) when he rather advocates that railway equipment, especially locomotives, should be allowed to go down for fear railway labour will be displaced. No one wants to see labour of any kind displaced. I cannot agree that progress in the way of the improvement of machinery and matters of that kind should be stopped for the reason given.

Topic:   PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAM
Subtopic:   WORKS, 'UNDERTAKINGS AND GUARANTEE OP RAILWAY EQUIPMENT SECURITIES TO CREATE EMPLOYMENT
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