Mr. THOMPSON (Yukon) :
I am given to understand that these briquettes can be manufactured at a price which will warrant their transportation by rail to the head of the Lakes and thence by boat to lake Ontario ports to compete with Pennsylvania coal. Whether that is true or not my hon. friend may be better informed than I am. But even if it is not true, even if those briquettes can be brought down only as far as the head of the Lakes, or even if the city of Winnipeg alone can be furnished with those briquettes to take the place of anthracite coal, we will keep in this country many thousands of our good Canadian dollars for the development of our own resources instead of those of the United States.
Now, a word about peat, to which my hon. friend from Russell referred. The utilization of peat is of great importance to the people of this particular section, and this pamphlet again furnishes me with information. Those of us who have paid any attention to this question know that we have spent a good deal of money in trying to make our peat a commercially successful fuel, and if our efforts have not been successful, as my hon. friend from Russell states, we hope that sooner or later we shall be able to bring our experiments to a successful issue so that our immense resource's of peat may be made available for use as a fuel in just as large a measure as . peat is used in many countries of Europe. This pamphlet contains the following paragraph on the subject:
The Department of Mines reports that there are at least 37,000 square miles in Canada covered by peat bogs. These bogs are from 5 to 10 feet deep. Many of them lie in Central
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