Hon. CHARLES STEWART (Minister of the Interior):
Mr. Speaker, I think I cannot do better than put on Hansard the wires that passed to-day between the Prime Minister and Premier Ferguson of Ontario. Although I did not see this wire in this morning's papers I understand it appears there:
Right Hon. W. L. Mackenzie King,
Prime Minister, Ottawa, Ontario.
Understand that pursuant to order in council passed by Dominion government on application of Ontario and Alberta governments for investigation of coal rates from Alberta and Nova Scotia the railway board has fixed hearing for late dn April. Any order made at such hearing will be too late to be of value in relieving coal shortage this winter. If National Railways will pending hearing continue movement coal under present arrangement provincial governments supervision Ontario government wild pay one-third out of pocket costs in excess of seven dollars per ton if Dominion and Alberta will each pay one-third. Urgent Ontario consumers have immediate supply. Feel sure you will agree important to encourage development and use of Canadian resources and retain money in Canadian channels. Would appreciate early reply.
G. Howard Ferguson.
To which the Prime Minister forwarded the following:
The Honourable G. Howard Ferguson,
Premier of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario.
Your wire received in which you enquire if the government will pay one-third of the excess cost of the movement of Alberta coal to Ontario pending the report of the investigation to be held by the railway board.
On the 26th of January our government decided to bear a proportion of the excess cost of the transportation of fuel, both east and west, and on that date wired Premier Rhodes to that effect with respect to a movement from has province. We did not notify your government or the government of Alberta on account of seven dollar rate being in effect on the Canadian National Railways at that time.
In the event of the railways discontinuing the seven dollar rate as an emergent situation appears still to exist we will be pleased to contribute one-third of excess cost of movement until the finding of railway board, provided that your government and the government of Alberta will each contribute a like amount.
W. L. Mackenzie King.
RATE ON NOVA SCOTIA COAL On the Orders of the Day:
Subtopic: SEVEN DOLLAR RATE ON ALBERTA COAL