March 26, 1918 (13th Parliament, 1st Session)


George Green Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)


Just in this way: that from April until the end of September or October there are certain- hours of darkness or semi-darkness in which people use light. Now, it has been said in this House that you -may make all the daylight saving legislation you like, and you may set the clock ahead, but the people wlill not go to bed by the clock. That was said in- Great Britain, in France and in every country in which this legislation has been introduced; but the working out of it was exactly the reverse. People do go to bed by .the clock. And if they save an hour of lighting in -all those months, that is where the -saving

comes in in their light bill. Mr, Garfield makes the calculation that in the United States at least 1,000,000 tons of coal in the manufacture of light will be saved, and one million tons of coal is a large item in these days when coal needs so greatly to be conserved. The calculation made out of the actual year's experiment in Great Britain was that a large saving was made in coal, in gas, in oil for lighting, and in the electrical and other lighting in the homes of the people. What has taken place there will take place with us. I am sorry to have imposed so long on the House in my second series of remarks, and facing you at this time, Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to move the second reading of the Bill.

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