Hon. P. J. A. CARDIN (Minister of Public Works and Transport):
A few days ago
the hon. member for Cape Breton South (Mr. Gillis) drew attention to the conditions of the miners in the river Herbert and Joggins districts of Cumberland county, Nova Scotia. I promised him that I would refer the matter to the Canadian National Railways, and am this morning in a position to answer the question through information which has been given to me. It is stated in the report which I have received that for the seven months ended July 31, 1940, orders have been placed for 34,478 tons of coal, while during the same period of 1939 the amount was 16,512 tons, showing an increase of over one hundred per cent in the orders given in the Maccan district. During the month of July the total was 5,560 tons, compared with 1,700 tons taken in July of last year.
I may add that, as a result of an agreement reached during July between the Canadian National Railway officials and operators of coal mines in the Maccan district, an increase of 25 cents per ton has been granted. Canadian National Railways officials are watching closely the situation with a view to helping as much as possible the miners of that district.
Subtopic: SITUATION IN CUMBERLAND COUNTY, NOVA SCOTIA -CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAY ORDERS