Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask a question of the Acting Prime Minister. Perhaps I might explain that I gave notice of this question, and he advised me before leaving the house that in his absence it would be answered either by the Minister of Transport or the Minister of Labour, or perhaps both. The question has to do with the present disruption of traffic on some of the inland waterways of Canada.
I am receiving many manifestations of concern, from people who have no direct connection with either side of the dispute, with respect to the interruption of this traffic and certain untoward events in connection therewith. My question is: Will the Acting Prime Minister state, for the information of the house and of the public, what steps the government is taking to bring this issue to a satisfactory end, in order that civil strife may cease and the food products of Canada be dispatched overseas with as little delay as possible?
On the orders of the day:
Mr. JOHN T. HACKETT (Stanstead): Will the Minister of Labour say what portion of the 850 additional prisoners of war required to plant, till and harvest the increased sugar beet crop in southwestern Ontario, advocated by the government, has been made available to the farmers in that area?
I thought I made a statement on that question a few days ago. The employment of men changes from hour to hour. However, I hope to have the answer completed to-morrow, and to give it to the member tomorrow afternoon.
Subtopic: SUGAR BEET INDUSTRY-PRISONER OF WAR LABOUR