William Kemble Esling
What did the -company do in this war? It said to the British government: We wall supply you with all the lead and zinc you need in excess of the requirements of the Canadian consumer. The company supplies that lead and zinc to-day to the British government at a price for zinc, for instance, which is less.than the average price in the five years prior to the war. In other words this company is supplying the allies -with zinc at S3.60 per hundred pounds as against what? As against the New York quotation of S9.25. Is that not something to be proud of? Is that not something w'hich the members of this parliament should consider-3-6 cents per pound as against 9-25 cents per pound in the United States? The price of their lead is also proportionately low. These prices-and I would just like the members to listen to this to see that there is no grasping or profiteering by one company- these prices mean that the British government is receiving its lead and zinc from the Consolidated Mining and Smelting company at a saving of $22,000,000 every year. There is no grasping or profiteering there.
May I add this one iword. Responsible for all this loyalty and this endeavour to participate in the war effort is Mr. S. G. Blaylock, the president and managing director of the company. He did not come there as a high-priced official. I happened to be a resident of the city of Trail before the Consolidated Mining and Smelting company came into existence. I saw Mr. Blaylock come to Trail as a student from McGill to take employment in the assay office. He grew up with the plant. He was in daily contact with his fellow workers. He saw their problems, and! he made it his purpose in life to solve those problems, and he is solving them to-day. I do hope that these few words may commend the industrial policy of the Trail plant to other industrial institutions in the Dominion of Canada.