Hon. Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport):
On a question of privilege, Mr. Speaker, I should like to correct a statement I made yesterday, appearing on page 85 of Hansard, where I said:
At the moment, and last year and the year before, the Canadian National Railways are purchasing as much coal as they can get from mines at both extremities of Canada.
I find that statement is only partially accurate, and I have also learned that the manner in which it was made might be unfair to the Dominion Steel and Coal Corporation. So far as 1950 is concerned, the statement as made was wholly accurate. So far as 1949 is concerned, I am informed that Dosco offered the Canadian National Railways
998.000 tons of coal, but the railways were able to place orders for only 646,000 tons. For the year 1948 I have no information.
Subtopic: REDUCTION IN PASSENGER TRAIN SERVICES
Sub-subtopic: COAL SUPPLY