The War-Oil Situation
us some help. We hope the situation this winter will be better. We are going to put in a flexible system of rationing, and we are going to make the rations just as liberal as our supplies of gasoline will permit. At the beginning of each month, or perhaps earlier, the oil controller will announce how many gallons of gasoline a coupon will entitle a person to obtain, and we hope it will entitle a driver to as many gallons as he will want to use. If it does not it will be because the gasoline is not available; but we shall be in a better position to deal with another shortage if one should occur. And it is very likely to occur. The submarines are out again; winter is coming on, and the prospects are not too bright. If there are sinkings in anything like the proportion of last winter, there will be another shortage in the spring. Through a system of rationing, we shall be able to distribute the gasoline not required by the war effort, to the citizens of Canada for non-war purposes as equitably as possible.
There is everything to be said for a rationing system. The public are, I think, more or less demanding it, and we believe that it is the fairest and best system to adopt. The reason why it is not in effect to-day is that it has not been found possible to organize its administration so quickly.