Mr. T. L. CHURCH (North Toronto) moved:
That, in the opinion of this House, the government should take some definite and immediate action to prevent the illegal diversion of the waters of the Great Lakes through the Chicago Drainage Canal and that action should be taken to prevent further waste and to secure specific enforcement of the Treaty between Canada and the United States as to this matter, inasmuch as this diversion is not only seriously lowering lake levels but is a danger to the public works of Canada and its provinces and an interference with the harbour development of our country and with navigation and is such a direct violation and breach of the Treaty as calls for immediate action by the government of Canada.
He said: Mr. Speaker, this motion speaks for itself. The subject matter which it covers is one of the most important which is likely to engage the attention of the House this session, as the illegal diversion of the waters of the Great Lakes through the Chicago drainage canal is a very serious menace to our country not only from the navigation and power standpoints, but from the standpoint of the Dominion, provincial and municipal interests involved. The motion urges that some additional steps be taken by Canada to prevent this illegal diversion. This matter has been made a football, so to speak, in the American courts, in the state legislatures, and before the Rivers and Harbours Committee of the United States Congress, and it is time for Canada to act.
Subtopic: GREAT LAKES LEVELS
Sub-subtopic: EFFECT OF DIVERSION OF WATER BY CHICAGO DRAINAGE CANAL