House again in committee on Bill (No. 192) to enable the city of Winnipeg to utilize the Assiniboine river water-power.-Mr. Puttee.
Mr.. DEPUTY SPEAKER. The committee were considering section 4 :
The city, or its assignees, or appointees as aforesaid, may excavate, construct, operate, keep in repair and enlarge a canal (with locks, if necessary) to connect the Assiniboine river with Lake Manitoba.
-with Mr. LaRiviere's amendment thereto to strike out the words 'if necessary.'
Mr. LaRIVIERE. I am of the opinion that the canal should not be built without locks. But I want it to be provided that all works constructed under this Act must have the approval of the Governor General in Council. I am willing with a proviso to enlarge the amendment that I have suggested, and I will move that all the words in brackets, ' with locks, if necessary ' be struck out. After consultation with the promoter of the Bill, he has agreed to allow me to move that amendment; then it will remain with the Governor General in Council, as provided in clause 6, to decide whether the locks are necessary or not, and to approve of the plans for the construction of the canal. If this section 4 is left as it
is, there is nothing to provide who shall decide as to the necessity of those locks, but by striking out these four words in this clause, it remains entirely in the discretion of the Governor General in Council to decide whether there shall be locks or not. I, therefore, move that the words between brackets in the third line be struck out.