Mr. JOSEPH READ (Prince):
As representing one of the purely agricultural districts in the Dominion of Canada, in Prince Edward Island, I want to say that the objections of hon. gentlemen to this Bill are not well taken. In our province the farmers get up any time after five o'clock in the morning, and, as a matter of fact, as far as labour is concerned, we have no labour. The people have to do the work themselves. The women and children have to turn out and work, and there is nothing in the Bill to stop people from working as late as they like. The hon. promoter of the Bill (Sir George Foster) pointed out the fact that the
United States had adopted this measure, and because they had adbpted it we should adopt it. In other words, I am glad to see my hon. friend is beginning to view the question oif reciprocity in its proper light. But I want to tell the hon. gentleman, and I want to tell the House that what is true in regard to this Bill, so far as reciprocity with the United States is concerned, was also true of the old Bill that was voted down in 1911. The advantages are all on the side of Canada. Hon. gentlemen who live in the far north of this country will, perhaps, know that the days are very much longer in that district than in the parallel of latitude to the south of it. The further north we go the longer the day becomes in the summer time, and, consequently, whatever advantage there is in the United States is of twofold advantage to the Dominion of Canada, so far as the question of solar light is concerned, .because our days, after the 21st and 22nd of March up to the 22nd of September, are always longer than the days in the United States, which are all south of the 49th parallel of latitude. Consequently, if the Americans have adopted a good system, and it is an advantage to them, it will be of very much more advantage to the people of Canada.
Topic: DAYLIGHT SAVING.