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

CON

Thomas Wilson Crothers (Minister of Labour)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CROTHERS:

Several of the officers of the Union at Fernie and other points in that district-District No. 18-came here in November last and submitted their desire either for a second war bonus of twenty-five per cent or an investigation as to what had been the increase in the cost of living between certain dates, and an undertaking that this increase should be paid in addition to the increase of ten per cent that had been given them on the 15th of August. They were quite satisfied with the gentleman who was appointed to investigate the question of the increased cost of living; in fact, I think they themselves suggested his name. This gentleman carried on the inquiry and reported that the increase in the cost of living within the period named had been nine and one-half

per cent- This is the first time that I have heard any objections to that finding. The only question that has come up since the finding was made is as to how it is to be carried out.

Topic:   WESTERN COAL MINING.
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