This question alwavs comes up when we are talking about coal. Unfortunately a few years ago lignite coal was shipped to Ontario, and when it got here it was slack, because it contains about 40 per cent water. But we have unlimited quantities of bituminous coal in Alberta, and if we could only get the government to bring that coal here and have the manufacturers use it they would find it the best coal in Canada, or, for that matter, in the world. It contains only about 4 per cent water, and it will not slack on the way down. The water came out of the lignite coal that was shipped east a few years ago; and each time the question of coal is brought up, someone rises and says Alberta coal is no good because it slacks on the way down. Eighty per cent of our coal is bituminous, and in Alberta we have 87 per cent of the coal supply of Canada. Stephen Leacock says we have enough coal in Alberta to supply Canadian needs for 36,000 years, so it seems rather a shame that we should bring in 15,000,000 tons from the United States every year.
To get back to the point under discussion, would the minister break down the subsidies paid last year? How much of the coal subvention went to Alberta?
Topic: DEPARTMENT OF MINES AND RESOURCES