Orvis A. KENNEDY

KENNEDY, Orvis A.

Personal Data

Party
Social Credit
Constituency
Edmonton East (Alberta)
Birth Date
August 5, 1907
Deceased Date
April 2, 1997
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orvis_A._Kennedy
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=a8ab0698-cdee-4206-b51f-cc7d9998487c&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
executive, manager, organizer, salesman

Parliamentary Career

March 21, 1938 - January 25, 1940
SC
  Edmonton East (Alberta)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 11)


May 22, 1939

Mr. KENNEDY:

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
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May 22, 1939

Mr. KENNEDY:

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
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May 22, 1939

Mr. KENNEDY:

I appreciate what is being done already, but there are certain things which the companies themselves cannot do. For instance, some 400,000 tons of coal are provided for families on relief in Canada, and most of that relief coal in central Canada is United States coal. It is a matter of government policy. Canadian coal should be burned in relief homes, thus giving employment to Canadian miners and railway men. There is also the matter of freight rates, with which the companies cannot deal; again it is a matter of government policy. I would urge upon the minister that he strongly recommend that the fuel board approach the railways with a view to securing an adjustment of freight rates so that coal can be moved more economically from the west and the east to central Canada. Relief coal supplied by Canadian governmental bodies should be Canadian coal, not coal mined outside the country.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF MINES AND RESOURCES
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May 22, 1939

Mr. KENNEDY:

The work of the board is administrative and investigational, is it not?

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF MINES AND RESOURCES
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May 22, 1939

Mr. KENNEDY:

What are the duties and powers of the dominion fuel board?

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF MINES AND RESOURCES
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