Hon. HUMPHREY MITCHELL (Minister of Labour):
The hon. member and the
house will realize that the movement of coal miners from any industry must proceed in conformity with the terms of the order in council recently passed after consultation with labour organizations and employers. It should be pointed out that some criticism has been expressed by hon. members of this house with respect to the principle of compulsory transfer, in that the government has not gone far enough in this regard. I need hardly repeat that a grave emergency confronts the country so far as the coal supply is concerned, and of course coal mining in itself is an important basic industry, particularly in this country where we are on an import rather than an export basis. Without coal we cannot have ships, and it is essential that all members of the House of Commons lend their support to the government to face up to the fuel problem that confronts us at the present
time and, I might say further, will confront us more particularly when the cold weather comes next fall.