I have another resolution to present to the House from the local branch at Reaburn. The resolution reads:
Whereas the floods from the Assiniboine river have caused serious loss to several farmers in this district in the loss of their crops ;
Be it resolved that we request our federal member, Mr. Harry Leader, to urge upon the Government that every possible assistance be given to those farmers who have lost their crops, and also that a dyke be constructed this summer to prevent any such serious situation arising in the future, and that the destitute farmers be given an opportunity of constructing this dyke.
I am not very well versed in the situation, but I believe this Government cannot escape the responsibility of, at least, paying for the damage done to the bank of the Assiniboine river. To support my contention, I have a letter from a gentleman out there. I do not know that I should give his name. He states that the dyke was built by the Hon. Robert Rogers in 1914. Previous to this contract the Government had done some work up there. Therefore, I think they are fairly convicted, and must assume responsibility for the damage to the banks of the Assiniboine river. I have only done my duty in bringing the matter before the Government, it is now up to the Government to do their part. The Minister of the Interior (Mr. Stewart) to-day informed the House that he had, I think, instructed the hon. member for Brandon (Mr. Forke) to communicate with his constituents and to have them notify the provincial government that this Government were willing to cooperate with them in a survey of the damage done there, and to see if they could arrive at some agreement as regards the damage done. I am pleased that the Government have gone that far, and I hope they will be able to go a little further and to do something for the settlers.
I have to put myself right along this line too, because the last time
the hon. member for Portage la Prairie (Mr. Leader) brought this matter up, I got quite a calling down from the people of Brandon for neglecting my duty by not bringing it up. I am glad the hon. member for Portage la Prairie has brought the subject forward. He is just a little mistaken in the last statement. The Minister of the Interior took it into consideration that they might make a survey of the river through Manitoba and find if something could be done to prevent flooding in the years that are to come. The promise was made that if the provincial government would make this request, it would most likely be acceded to. Some time ago I took the matter, as regards the damage done by the flood, up with the Minister of Public Works (Mr. King) and the Minister of the Interior. There is a question just how far the Dominion government are responsible. If they are responsible in any way, no doubt a great deal of suffering has been occasioned by the flood. I can readily see that the provincial government would in some way be responsible, perhaps to a greater extent than the Dominion government; but I think some little help might come from the Dominion government in this case, as the people have lost property and have suffered a great deal on this account.
about Shuswap lake to the attention of the minister when the main estimates were under discussion. I know the coast of British
Columbia and I know the Fraser river I have steam boats working there at the present time, and I will say no place in British Columbia to-day, to my knowledge, needs a wharf and some work done as much as does Shuswap lake. I have spoken to the minister as regards getting a dredge there, and if something is not done to get a dredge built this year, it will mean that no work can be done next year. If the dredge is not put into repair or a new dredge built this year, and if we have to wait until the estimates come down next year, it will be the fall of next year before the dredge is completed, and it will be two years from now before the work can be done. I would ask the minister, at least, to have a dredge built this year if there is any possibility of that being done.