Mr. P. F. CASGRAIN (.Charlevoix-Mont-morency) :
Mr. Speaker, I also have received numerous letters similar to those read to the House this afternoon by the hon. member for Missisquoi (Mr. Kay). I have received protests from various parts of the province of Quebec, especially from the district which I represent, the counties of Charlevoix and Montmorency, with regard to daylight saving. Daylight saving as adopted in 1918 was largely a war measure; in the United States, Europe and other countries it was thought necessary to have a measure of this kind in order that the needs of the war could more readily be met. But now that we are in the post war period it would, in my opinion, be a serious mistake to bring in any measure providing for daylight saving. It is true that last year and the previous year some districts, some municipalities, towns and cities, adopted a system of daylight saving. But many unfortunate results have come from its adoption in some of these places. In the city of Quebec the clock was advanced one hour, but in my county, a comparatively short distance away, the time was the standard time. Great troubles and misfortunes have been experienced by different persons on account of these differences in time. I think that, on the whole, the people of this part of the country, particularly in the province of Quebec-and I speak especially of the rural districts, as did the hon. member for Bona-venture (Mr. Marcil) and the hon. member
for Missisquoi-are against daylight saving. There are many hon. members from rural districts in the province of Quebec who will hear out my contention that any measure which would put daylight saving in force would be against the will and the wish of the people of those districts.
The resolution now before the House is a good one, but, in my opinion, it might have been drafted in better form. As has been suggested by some hon. gentlemen, it would restrict the power of municipalities, towns or cities which would like to enact a measure of daylight saving. It would have been better had the resolution simply stated that in the opinion of the House it would be better not to introduce any further measures of daylight saving. But the resolution is before us, and, although it is not framed in the best possible terms, I submit, for the reasons which I have given as well as those which have been put forward by hon. members who have preceded me, that we should support the resolution in its present form.