Mr. T. L. CHURCH (Broadview):
Mr. Speaker, I ask for leave to move, seconded by the hon. member for Davenport (Mr. Mac-Nicol), the adjournment of the house under standing order 31 to discuss a definite matter of urgent public importance, namely, the United States embargo placed on coal and fuel on the great lakes, and the grave peril of Canadian homes being without any supply during next fall and winter, and as to the announcement on 63260-153
June 11 by the Ore and Coal Exchange of Cleveland of said embargo in view of the Canadian lake shipping strike.
This is a very grave emergency, as grave as in 1917. A year ago we had a coal pile of
800,000 tons in the ship channel in my constituency. On Sunday I visited it and it was down to 10,000 or 12,000 tons, and the coal piles of other municipalities are down in about the same proportion.
I understand that the Minister of Reconstruction and Supply (Mr. Howe) is away today. I do not wish to interfere with the business of the house, but perhaps I might be allowed to speak for three or four minutes.
I am doubtful, however, whether in that case the discussion could be revived to-morrow because of standing order 31 (6) (c). But as there is a grave national emergency, the worst in our history, I suggest that I might be allowed to speak for a few minutes.