Mr. T. L. CHURCH (North Toronto) :
May I he permitted to ask the Prime Minister one or two questions in regard to the St. Lawrence Waterways project? A great many applications are coming in for copies of the report of the International Joint Commission relating to the inquiry which has cost Canada a million and a half. That report has been printed in the United States and I have received telegrams from a number of public bodies in my district asking for copies of it. I think it is in the public interest that this report should be circulated, as the facts speak for themselves. I think the report should also be printed in Canada, and sufficient copies distributed to inform the public who are so interested in this scheme affecting the Great Lakes. I would also like to ask if it is the intention of the Government to have printed the correspondence which has been laid on the table at the request of the hon. member for West York (Sir Henry Drayton). I refer to the correspondence between the government of the United States and the Canadian government on this question; and further, whether opportunity will be
afforded the House, before Parliament prorogues, of discussing the policy involved in the report referred to and the action taken by the government.
Hon. W, L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister): In regard to the report 'itself, copies were laid on the table at an early stage of the session, as my hon. friend knows. It was then intimated that the government had a supply of printed copies, copies printed in the United States and supplied in large numbers to our government. I think it 'is probable that all the requests thus far made for copies have been met from this supply. If the government should find that it is not possible to meet all the requests for copies of the reports from its available supply I think the report should be printed in Canada as well; but it is an expensive report to reprint and if without embarrassment that amount of expense can be saved I believe the government would be justified in saving it. However, let ,me make it clear that if requests are made to the government for copies of the report in printed form beyond the supply available the government will consider the advisability of printing further copies.
As to the second question, concerning the printing of the papers that were laid on the table a day or two ago, it will be a pleasure to have them printed.
As to fixing a time to discuss this matter further, I think the House has already debated it for three or four days of the present session. I would not like to promise my hon. friend an opportunity to speak again on that subject, but we will take the matter into consideration.
Subtopic: ST. LAWRENCE WATERWAYS