This company has been paying about $40,000 annually in municipal taxes, in addition to provincial and federal
taxes. At the present time in the city of Kingston there are about 2,500 people on relief, the majority of whom are former employees and the families of employees of this company, and are permanent residents.
I should like to point out something further. Some hon. members have voiced the opinion that probably the car shops could build this equipment as well as it could be built by some of the private companies. This company has been in business for a long time; I am not sure when it was started. They have specialized in the manufacture of locomotives; their designers have kept abreast of the times, and to-day they are prepared to make any of the more advanced equipment used not only in this country but also on some of the United States lines. After their locomotive business was cut off in 1930 they tried to branch out in other lines; I remember that they interviewed me, as a mine manager, in connection with the manufacture of mining machinery. They opened an office in Toronto, sent salesmen through northern Ontario and did their best, but even with the prosperity that the mining industry has enjoyed they have been able to secure only about $150,000 worth of business annually, and to employ only some eighty men who are paid about $116,000 annually.
No doubt much of the equipment and power at present used by the railways is not as fast as it might me; probably much of this power should be renovated and made faster in order to give better service throughout the dominion. I would respectfully ask the minister to' pass on the suggestion to the railway companies that the equipment companies be given a fair share of this work. I think the railway shops are going to benefit to a large extent, particularly since only twenty locomotives are to be purchased, and I think as much business as possible should be given these equipment companies. Any work given the Canadian Locomotive Works of Kingston will benefit the people of that city, the labourers who have been waiting for the last three years for something to do, and the farmers and gardeners throughout the district who depend upon the workingmen for a market for their products, and it will help relieve this one city and two townships surrounding it at least of a large part of the cost of relief.
Topic: PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAM
Subtopic: WORKS, 'UNDERTAKINGS AND GUARANTEE OP RAILWAY EQUIPMENT SECURITIES TO CREATE EMPLOYMENT