CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN DOMINION AND CERTAIN PROVINCES TABLED
TABLING OF REGULATIONS, 1940, WITH RESPECT TO RECRUITS
GENERAL SECURITY INSURANCE COMPANY OF CANADA
Mr. SARTO FOURNIER (Maisonneuve-Rosemont) moved the first reading of Bill No. 18 (from the senate) to incorporate General Security Insurance Company of Canada.
SHORTAGE OF NATURAL GAS IN WESTERN ONTARIO FOR DOMESTIC USE
On the orders of the day:
Mr. KARL K. HOMUTH (Waterloo South): I should like to direct to the attention of the Minister of Munitions and Supply a matter of some importance. I brought it to his attention a week or so ago, and I spoke to him about it during the noon hour. A serious situation has developed in parts of western Ontario with regard to the supply of gas for heating purposes. I received a telegram at noon from the chairman of our citizens' committee, which reads:
Gas situation really desperate. People draining water systems and deserting homes. Unable to work in our office.
In many of these homes are small children; in others are newly born babies, and there is no other method of heating than by gas. In spite of the expected scarcity of gas, the gas company continued to sell heating equipment last summer. This matter is very serious; could something not be done about it? I realize it is more or less a provincial matter, but perhaps there could be cooperation with the province in an effort to stop the use of so much gas in some of our war-time industries.