I do not know that I have any special warrant or authority to speak on behalf of those who are opposing this Bill. Some are on the other side of the House, but, as far as I am concerned, I would like to ask the minister whether or not the plans to w'hich he alludes and which he has said he would be glad to lay on the table of the House, include any reports in connection "with the plans?
Well, I would recommend to my friends, as far as I have any influence with them in regard to a matter of this kind, that upon the assurance of the minister that these will be laid upon the table before the Bill is taken up again, we should allow the first clause of the Bill to pass upon the condition that the committee shhll immediately afterwards rise and report progress. I cannot, speak for hon. gentlemen on the other .side of the House who are opposing this Bill with fierce determination, but perhaps the Minister of Public Works can use his persuasive powers to induce them to agree to the same thing.
I have just had communication with my hon. friend from Lambton, who is in charge of the Bill, and he would be quite willing, and I think 1 can speak for other gentlemen on this side of the House, if the first clause is allowed to pass, then to report progress, with the
understanding that I will get the plans as soon as possible, and have them laid on the table.
Mr, R. L. BOEDEN. And that they shall be laid on the table before the Bill is taken up again.
I do not say that; but if the plans are not laid on the table, there will be the best possible reason for it. They will be laid on the table if they are available, and I have not a shadow of doubt that they will be available. I may have them this afternoon.
I would ask the government if the rumour is true that a deputation from Montreal waited on the government yesterday to ask that they be granted the privilege of placing a dam across the St. Lawrence river? If so, has any decision been arrived at?
No, it was understood that they would present a modified plan to the International Waterways Commission, and that commission would give an opportunity to the navigation interests and those who might naturally be opposed to any obstructions to navigation, to be heard. After that the matter would come again before the government for consideration.
What I mean is that I will submit the modified plans, which were approved of by the engineers. With regard to the plans first filed, I could not undertake to submit them, because they may have been withdrawn; but the important point is to have the modified plans, accompanied by the report of the engineers.