Mr. E. B. DEVLIN:
In the absence of the right hon. the Prime Minister, I should like to ask the hon. Minister of Trade and Commerce, whom we are very glad to see again in his seat, if the Government has had any communication with the Government of the United States in respect to the substance of an article which appears
in a Government organ, the Ottawa Citizen, of this date, entitled: 'Joint Waterway from Duluth to Atlantic Ocean; International Commission discusses plans at Washington and will bring project to attention of the Canadian Government.' I am not reading the whole article, but just a portion of it:
Washington, Jan. 25.-A project for the joint construction by the governments of the United States and Canada of a deep waterway for ocean-going steamers from Montreal to Duluth, Minn., has been inaugurated through the International Joint Commission, which has jurisdiction over the boundary waters of the two countries.
The discussions instituted through the International Joint Commission are the result of a recent conference in Washington, in which Secretary Bryan, Chairman James A. Tawney of the American section of the International Commission, and Senator Charles E. Townsend, of Michigan, participated.
It was arranged that the matter should be taken up first with the Canadian Government through the commission. Chairman Tawney will confer soon with T. Chase Casgrain, K.C., chairman of Canadian section.
The project for an ocean waterway from the head of navigation on lake Superior to the Atlantic has been agitated for many years. It was considered seriously at the time when President Taft entered into reciprocity negotiations with Canada.
Hon. GEO. E. FOSTER (Minister of Trade and Commerce): I have not been in as close communication with the Government lately as I could have wished, and in the absence of the Prime Minister I shall have to ask my hon. friend to repeat his question later when the Prime Minister comes in. I myself am not aware of any communication having been had.