I was referring to coal used in the homes of people on relief. In such circumstances Canadian coal should be used, but in the central part of Canada the coal used in relief homes is United States coal. Last year 400,000 tons of coal were used in relief homes and the bulk of it, in central Canada, was United States coal. We have to make up an annual deficit on our Canadian National Railways and if we used Canadian coal it would help our railways, give employment to railway men in moving the coal from east and west to central Canada, and provide employment for our miners. We could supply a good deal of that 400,000 tons.
I think the government could assist in moving
3,000,000 tons more Canadian coal than is now being used. We are bringing in
15,000,000 tons of coal from the United States every year, when it should be easy to transport Canadian coal to Canadian homes.
Topic: DEPARTMENT OF MINES AND RESOURCES