The telegram continues:
Advise if transportation will be paid for families. .
This is the text of my reply:
In Cape Breton the programme upon which the employment service has been engaged has been to register unemployed persons for whom employment is not available in the province and who are willing and capable of taking steady employment offered in central Canada. In such instances when employment is secured and accepted the transportation of the worker to the job is being paid by the employment service. In consequence of housing difficulties employment opportunities available at the present time are for single men or in the cases with dependents, for men willing to take jobs and await removal of families until they can secure accommodation at their new location.
I should point out that it is not the policy to pay travelling expenses of families. That should be clearly understood. My reply continues:
Transportation costs will not be paid for persons who are temporarily unemployed by
reason of a current strike or other work stoppage of a similar nature as there is work available for them in the local area. I want to make this clear because, as I understand, the number of 1,600 men mentioned in your wire includes men whose employment is affected by the current mining strike. The local employment officers at Glace Bay and Sydney will register unemployed persons wishing to secure employment outside the maritimes and who are eligible for transportation to the places of employment.
I would advise that each application from an unemployed person in the area for employment outside the area will be dealt with by the employment officers in the light of the policy which was outlined in the house by me on Wednesday.
Subtopic: MOVEMENT OF UNEMPLOYED PERSONS TO EMPLOYMENT IN OTHER AREAS