March 19, 1923 (14th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Daniel Duncan McKenzie (Solicitor General of Canada)



There is a standing committee, appointed not especially for this purpose, but for the purpose of dealing with mines and minerals, to which committee I understand it is the intention to submit this matter. I was just going to say, in conclusion, that two years ago we had what was known as the Fuel committee, or a committee for . the investigation of the fuel resources 5 p.m. of Canada. There was a very exhaustive and full investigation lasting over quite a number of weeks. A late member of this House, Dr. Steele, an excellent gentleman, who was very much in earnest about this question, was chairman of that committee. They made a report, and gave very useful information as to the quality of our coal; the means of transportation and so forth, received exhaustive attention before that committee. Let me inform the hon. member for North Toronto and the members of that committee that this report is in the form of a blue book, and that they will find in that book very useful information. I trust they will take advantage of it. I see that the Senate is at present taking an interest in this matter, and that it has a committee at work gathering information in connection with this very question. Let me suggest that there should be no overlapping in connection with this matter; that there should be no estrangement of any kind between the committee of the Senate and the proposed committee of the House of Commons. If possible at all, they should work and co-operate together, and let parliament and the country have the full fruition and benefit of what conclusions they may reach.
We used to hear the expression that "somebody could not wait." It is an old expression in this House that "somebody could not

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wait," for the emergency was too strong for time to be lost; but I need not assert in my own way that the people of this country, both those who are producing and those who are in need of coal, cannot wait very much longer, for the time is at hand and fully mature for practical and active co-operation and the producing of satisfactory results in this country.
The hon. member for North Toronto hoped that some member of the government would speak on this question. I am speaking, not as a member of the government, but simply as the representative in this House of Cape Breton North and Victoria, one who has the good fortune of representing many sturdy, hale and hearty good miners and producers of coal. I have been representing them in this House for many years, and I am glad as such, not is a member of the government, to have this word to say on a question which, I think, is of vital importance to them as well as to the country generally.

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