January 26, 1917 (12th Parliament, 7th Session)


Edward Mortimer Macdonald



I desire to call the attention of the Minister of Labour to the following telegram which I have received from the miners of 'Coleman, Alberta:
Coleman, Alta., Jan. 25, 1917,
E. M. Macdonald,
Ottawa, Ont.
The following resolution was unanimously passed at a full meeting of Carbondale Miners' Union:
"That in the opinion of the miners of the Carbondale Miners' Union at a meeting held to-night, we consider that the action of the Government relative to the bonus of nine and one-half per cent., according to the finding of the Commission re high cost of living is unwarrantable and unjust, and calculated to be an incentive for the men to strike.
"That a copy of this resolution be forwarded to Premier Borden and E. M. Macdonald."
We earnestly desire your good offices in this matter.
J. A. McDonald,
George E. Hogan, Secretary.
I may explain that this telegram was sent to me by virtue of the fact that a number of miners from my constituency have been working in the vicinity from which this telegram comes. I ask What action the Government has taken in regard to the bonus of nine and a half per cent which is alleged in this telegram to be objectionable. I ask also for information as to the exact situation of matters at Coleman.

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