In an edition of the Ottawa Citizen of this day, under the heading " Regrettable Oversight," my name is connected with the Nova Scotia Steel and Coal Company, and a meeting of that company recently held at New Glasgow, N.S. The Citizen in the
article referred to makes the statement, amongst other inaccuracies, that I am a large shareholder in the Nova Scotia Steel and Coal Company. Unfortunately, it is no novel thing for members of this House to be obliged to rise in their places to a question of privilege and correct untruthful allegations by this journal. In the present instance, it would have been a simple matter for the proprietors to have ascertained, before giving currency to the statements referred to, whether they were true or false. I merely desire in respect to the article alluded to, to apply the words which His Boyal Highness was obliged to use through the mouth of the Prime Minister on Monday last in reference to a war munitions matter, and brand the statements as untrue. I own no shares, either preferred or common, in the Nova Scotia Steel and Coal Company.
I have no official information on the subject. I did hear the statement, apparently well authenticated, that he had sent a telegram to Mr. Thompson, the counsel for the Davidson Commission, stating that he would return to Canada next week.
I noticed a statement in the Press the other day that the Minister of Labour had recommended that an Order in Council be passed making the Industrial Disputes Investigation Act applicable to concerns engaged in the manufacture of munitions, and it was said that the Order in Council had been passed. I should have thought that that would have had to be done by statute, instead of by Order in Council. Would the minister be good enough to state the position, and whether he considers an amendment to the Act is necessary to give effect to his wishes?
Under the War Measures Act, an Order in Council was passed, as my hon. friend says, making that provision of. the Industrial Disputes Act applicable to all concerns in Canada engaged in the manufacture of war supplies for any of the Allied Governments.
When we were discussing pensions some time ago, I suggested that the Government should take steps to give special railway rates to soldiers who had been granted leave to go home 'by their superior officers. The Prime Minister was good enough to say that he would take the matter up with the Eailway Department, and see whether something of that nature could not be done on the Government railways. Has the suggestion been considered at all?
I intended to consult the Acting Minister of Eailways, and it is my impression that I did so, but I am not quite sure. However, his attention will be directed to the observations of my hon. friend, and he will give them consideration. Does the hon. gentleman know whether special rates are given on other railways in Canada?