This is an item that I
assume should be available to assist in the movement of coal from Fernie to Winnipeg. I have pressed upon the house from time to time the desirability of some action being taken because of the large number, amounting now to several hundreds, of idle miners in Fernie. They have represented that a portion of the moneys provided for the purpose of compensating the railways for a reduction of freight rates should be made available to move coal to Winnipeg. It would improve conditions in Fernie very greatly, and I should like to have some assurance that the money will be available not only for the purpose for which it was voted last year, but also to take care of the very unfortunate and difficult situation in that section.