I am coming to that
phase of the question. I think it is simply the demand for the slack coal that enhanced the price, because ten years ago slack coal was very little used in the industrial centres of Canada. However, I am going to touch on the question my hon. friend brought to my attention. I have many figures regarding importations from the United States, but I do not think I shall bother the House by placing them on Hansard. What is the reason that this government has been asked by the people of Nova Scotia to have a levelling up of the duty on slack coal, the same as on run of mine and bituminous coal? First of all, I support that proposition Mr. Speaker, because we were in an anomalous position for many years in that regard. I support it secondly because in the last number of years smuggling has become an art in the country, and the United States operators were using this anomaly in our coal duty to smuggle in run of mine coal under the heading of slack coal. That is a matter of which I have personal knowledge. I have personal knowledge that large lake boats come down to the city of Montreal, with two compartments, one loaded with slack coal and the other loaded with run of mine or screen coal. They screen that coal at the mine. They separate the slack from the run of mine. They bring it in, and the slack pays fourteen cents duty and the run of mine pays fifty-three or fifty-four cents. After the duty is paid they mix that coal and it becomes good run of mine coal, and they sell it ^ in the city of Montreal as such. The imposition
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of the duty on slack coal will prevent a fraud on the customs, because it will prevent smuggling of run of mine coal into this country in the way I have mentioned.
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