What is the policy of my hon. friend with regard to the export of power? II .see there is a great agitation around Toronto about the hydro-electric and other questions relating to electrical power. The last report of Mr. White, of the Conservation Commission, deals in a very interesting way with this subject. Mr. White says that one of the most effective weapons in Canada's hands, in case, for instance, the United States sought to put an embargo on coal, is our wealth of electrical powef. Mr. White suggests that we should restrict the exportation of power and that the Government should take means to secure for the [DOT] public benefit all the water powers on the river St. Lawrence. I said a word about that the other day to my hon. friend the Minister of Public Works (Mr. Carvell) but he seemed to think that the question was dead and that it had died long ago. Well, I think he is labouring under a misapprehension.
I think my hon. friend must have misunderstood me if he thought I said it was dead. I said that he need not lie awake at nights if he thought we were going to give away Canadian rights.
Mr. LEMilEUX: I am glad my hon. friend has not misunderstood me. At all events, I think the Government should be wide awake on this question. There are interests presently at work at Washington and Ottawa to secure the Long Sault water power. Take the case of Montreal-I think I gave the figures the other day in the House. We have splendid water powers which can be developed and which would give the industries of that city all the power required, and much more. I find that some of the power developed around Montreal is being exported to the United States to the detriment of Montreal industries. Now, there may be some other occasion when we can
discuss this question further, but I wish simply to call the attention of the hon. gentleman and of his colleagues in the Government to the necessity of being very careful not to jeopardize the interests of Canada in those water powers, but to keep for ourselves this effective weapon dn case it may be needed against, say, an embargo on coal.
This is purely an item for the cost of operation of that particular branch. It has nothing to do with the power that is actually exported. All the power exported, so far as this department is concerned, is exported from the neighbourhood of Montreal. There is only the' one permit, so far as I know. Does the hon. member for Maisonneuve (Mr. Lemieux) know of any other?