Mr. MACKENZIE KING:
Before this discussion is ended, I should like to say just a few words to my right hon.. friend (Mr. Meighen) with a view of uging him to consider carefully the position into which not merely hon. gentlemen on both
sides of the House, but this Parliament, is being forced, by the manner in which he is rushing this legislation through at the present time. It has been pretty clearly pointed out that, as regards the 9 p.m. necessity of regulation and control of certain water rights and. powers, there is no difference of opinion between the two sides of this House. We all admit that the waters of the Lake of the Woods in so far as they affect the rights of the people of Ontario and the rights of the people of Manitoba, must be subject to regulation and control. We are not debating that point at all at this moment. The whole question at issue is: -How shall that control be exercised? Shall it be exercised with the goodwill of both provinces, or shall it be exercised in such a manner as to leave one province under a feeling of permanent injustice and wrong, thereby raising a question as between provinces, which need not be raised at all if the Government will but adopt a conciliatory method of dealing with this important issue?
Let me read just one letter from Premier Drury, which sets out the position of Ontario as it is at the present time. It is the letter in which Mr. Drury informed my right hon. friend that he was unable to carry through the legislation which he had expected to be able to. It is dated, Toronto, April 28, 1921.
Rt. Hon. Arthur Meighen,
In view of the fact that the Lake of the Woods Control Bill was opposed last night in the House by the Liberal opposition and the Conservative opposition as well as from the Government side, it was found inadvisable to press second reading under circumstances that pointed to the probable defeat of the measure.
Let me here draw the attention of hon. gentlemen opposite to the different parties that are named by Premier Drury as being opposed to this measure. He speaks, first, of the Liberals in the Ontario House, next, of the Conservatives in the Ontario House, and in the third place, he speaks of the members of his own immediate following; so that so far as the legislature of Ontario is concerned, men of every party are now opposed to this legislation.