Hon. RODOLPHE LEMIEUX (Maison-neuve and Gaspe):
I should like to state very briefly the reasons why I support the motion moved by the hon. member for South Vancouver (Mr. Cooper). I have the honour to represent, for the time being, two constituencies, one a farming constituency, the other a manufacturing constituency. I remember when the Daylight Saving Bill was introduced into the House last year by the Minister of Trade and Commerce (Sir George Foster), there was very strong
opposition to it, and if I was pleased at anything, it was that the Government, through Sir George Foster, had the courage to stand by its guns and see the Bill through. I trust the Government will, at the earliest opportunity, take the bull by the horn's and bring in a similar Bill to the one introduced by Sir George Foster last year. That is, however, only an aside.
I represent a farming constituency in which this daylight saving was in force last year as it was in all other parts of Canada, and from the county of Gaspe I received no protests whatever against the measure. On the contrary, I do not think it affects the farmers or the fishermen of that county. They are, and have to be, early birds in any case in order to earn their living. At three o'clock in the morning the Gaspe fisherman is in his barge sailing for the banks in the Baie des Chaleurs, and he does not even look at the hands of the clock. But I also represent the manufacturers and the labour element of Maisonneuve, in which constituency the Daylight Saving measure was in force all last year, and from that important section I received very many letters requesting me to support a renewal of the measure. That is the reason why I stand to-day as a seconder of the motion moved by the hon. member for Vancouver. I believe, moreover, that, in the interest of the health of the people of Canada the measure should be put in force again. It worked very well last year, and I was impressed by the figures from Washington quoted by the Minister of Trade and Commerce, whereby it ^ was proved beyond peradventure that millions upon millions of tons of coal had been and would be saved as a result of the enactment of the Daylight Saving measure. I would be interested to know what Mr. Magrath, the able Fuel Controller, thinks of this question. It is true the war is over, but our people must learn to save coal, because we may have labour troubles amongst the miners of Pennsylvania and also of eastern and western Canada, and our people may see the advantage of saving coal and thereby saving light.
Another point which impresses me is this. Whatever any one may say, we are living side by side with the great American Republic to the south, and although we must not be merged with that great republic in all the doings of its legislators, still, there are measures passed by the United States Congress which affect the whole of our national life in Canada. Congress has recently passed a Bill which will bring Daylight Saving into force in the United
States on the 31st of this month or on the 1st of April. This will affect, amongst other things, chiefly the transportation business of both countries, and I am in a quandary to understand how the railway systems of Canada are going to conform with the time-tables of the railway systems of the United States. If the time in Canada is an hour behind the time in the United States, how are connections to be made at the boundary line? Will all the trains stop one hour at the boundary line, or what will they do? This is one reason why I think a Daylight Saving Bill should be reintroduced this year, and if it is I will give it my hearty support.
Subtopic: DAYLIGHT SAVING.