Mr. C. E. JOHNSTON (Bow River):
Mr. Speaker, I have a question which I believe might be directed to the Minister of Munitions and Supply (Mr. Howe). I received a telegram from the vice-president of district 18, United Mine Workers of America. They say government contracts have been let for war buildings in the Calgary area in which the original specifications called for mechanical firemen for coal consumption. The contract required that mechanical firemen be installed. Since then I understand specifications for the contract have been changed, and the order now is to instal machines for gas instead of coal consumption. The United Mine Workers of America are very much concerned, and properly so, because of the effect it will have in the mining areas of Alberta, particularly around Drumheller, if the new installations require gas instead of coal. Will the minister please tell the house what has been done, and whether or not the specifications in this particular have been changed?
Subtopic: PROPOSED USE OF GAS INSTEAD OF COAL IN BUILDINGS ERECTED IN CALGARY FOR WAR PURPOSES