Lack of Immigration Hits Canadian Railways
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Lack of Immigration Hits Canadian Railways

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Lack of immigration to Canada was one of the principal reasons why the canadian national railways, owned and operated by the canadian government, is and has been in financial debt for nearly two decades. This was revealed in the Turgeon Report on the Canadian Railways when the Canadian Senate discussed the problem at its session last week. The canadian national railway, built at the opening of the twentieth century to accommodate the rush of settlers to western Canada, enjoyed its only prosperous years while the huge immigration wave, before the great war, populated many centers and districts of Canada. from the very moment immigration ceased to flow into Canada, the C.N.R. started to show an annual deficit.

A less restrictive immigration policy was urged in the house of commons by H.A. McKenzie, Liberal, while speaking on the Canadian budget. He said there was a shortage of farm labor in Canada and that a great deal of good farming land awaited settlement.

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