If any private member of the government or any member of the cabinet cares to take the attitude toward this problem as outlined in the telegram I have read, and move such a motion in the house, I shall be pleased to support it. Again I want to state that merely deferring the matter for one year 3oes not in any way assist the T.C.A. employees in Winnipeg.
In order to keep the record straight I think I should put on the record a letter which I wrote to the Prime Minister (Mr. St. Laurent) a day or two ago. This is a copy of the letter:
Dear Mr. St. Laurent;
As you are aware, the people of Manitoba are united in their insistence that the proposed removal of T.C.A.'s operating headquarters, together with another group of employees, from Winnipeg to Montreal should be abandoned. Organizations representing the people of Manitoba are continuing their efforts in this connection, but it has been drawn to my attention that my vote against a motion dealing with this matter, when the same was before the committee on railways and shipping owned and operated by the government, might be interpreted as justifying the announced intention of T.C.A.
In view of the above, I wish to make my position perfectly clear. Had the motion made by Mr. Maybank, in the above-noted committee, called for the complete abandonment of the proposed removal, I would have voted for it. Actually the motion called only for a deferment of the removal for one year. Quite frankly I regarded this motion as merely a political one, and I felt that if it were passed in the terms in which it was phrased it would simply add confusion to the present situation. I need not go further into this phase of the matter. But I do wish to make it clear that I wholly support the request of various bodies and organizations in Manitoba that this removal be completely abandoned, and I wish to add my support to the representations being made to you in *connection with this matter.
It seems clear to me that this issue is not just an administrative detail. It is rather a national policy in a good many respects; and I urge as strongly as I can that you see to it that the operating headquarters for T.C.A. remain at Winnipeg.
I understand that members of other parties from Manitoba are making representations to you in connection with this matter. I am authorized to say that all five C.C.F. members from our province,
namely, Messrs. Knowles, Bryce, Stewart, Zaplitny and myself, are in complete support of the request for the abandonment of the proposed removal.
Hoping that you will give this matter immediate and favourable consideration, I am,
R. S. Moore
I am not going to say anything further on the subject at this time. I wish simply to make it clear that the motion which was before the committee, and which I voted against, was in my opinion but a political one which would not in any way meet the requirements of Trans-Canada Air Lines employees in Winnipeg.
Topic: NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic: QUESTION OF REOPENING JARVIS, ONT., AIRPORT