rate of 21 cents for transporting their grain, while all they are charged if they ship it to Fort William is 26 cents. The distance from Calgary to Fort William is 1,251 miles, and the rate is 26 cents; the distance from Calgary to Vancouver is 642 miles, and the rate is 21 cents. Why cannot that rate be placed upon a fair basis in order to give the farmers who ship from Calgary or Edmonton the advantage which should be theirs by reason of their proximity to Vancouver? Why impose upon them a higher rate than is imposed upon the traffic that goes eastward? For my part, I cannot see any reason in it. That is another matter which this government will have to settle, and it should be settled when the question of preferential rates is being settled in this country. I am satisfied it will have to be done at some time in the near future.
Then look at the coal problem, so dependent upon that very question. The coal problem has been pressed upon this government for the last five years, session after session, time and time again. The Minister of the Interior (Mr. Stewart) who is in charge of the coal matter is not at present in his seat. It Was said of him in this House by my hon. friend from Fort William (Mr. Manion) the other night that no man could be as honest as the Minister of the Interior looked. I say that no minister should be as dilatory as the Minister of the Interior has been for the last five years in regard to this coal problem. Now he seems to take the ground that the matter cannot be settled at all, that it is economically impossible. Why, Mr. Speaker, if our coal supply was cut off to-morrow by the authorities of the United States, we would settle the coal question in Canada in twenty-four hours. But again, this government lacks initiative. Again, it lacks resolution. Again, it lacks courage. It has failed in every development scheme that it has undertaken. The Peace river scheme is as dead now almost as Julius Caesar. The settlement of the railway rate question has not been advanced since 1925. Immigration and settlement in the west has been a complete failure during the last five years. The question of transporting Alberta and Nova Scotia coal .to central Canada is just where it was five years ago, except for the effort of the Honourable Howard Ferguson, Conservative Premier of Ontario. These great questions all await a solution, and yet all my hon. friend, the Minister of Finance, says in his budget speech in regard to them, is: We must have faith. I will refer him to the Second Epistle of James, to look up a text for him-