April 7, 1932 (17th Parliament, 3rd Session)

CON

Robert James Manion (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MANION:

I brought that phase to
the attention of the railway company some weeks ago because it had been brought to my attention-I do not exactly remember how- that a lay-off was likely to happen, and at that time the officers of the railway indicated that large numbers would have to be laid off.
I suggested to them that in view of the unem-

ployment situation they should endeavour to keep on as many employees as they possibly could, and their final proposition which was published in the press last Friday contemplated the laying off of only about half the number originally proposed to be laid off according to the statement of the railway officials to me. The men themselves agreed to a shorter working week, and the company decreased the number it proposed to lay off. But the committee is still negotiating with the management. I presume that Edmonton and the other point mentioned by my right hon friend are in exactly the same position as Winnipeg, and that whatever decision is arrived at in regard to Winnipeg will be applicable to the other shops throughout the country.
Mr. CAMERON R. McINTOSH (North Battleford): I heard the answer given by the Minister of Railways in regard to the completion of the Sunnybrae-Guysborough branch line. Do I understand the minister to say that so far as he is concerned he does not know whether this construction will proceed or not? Can he not give an answer to the effect, that it shall proceed?

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS
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