I have the honour to inform the House that I have received from the clerk of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario the following communication:
Toronto, March Sth, 1927. The Honourable Speaker,
House of Commons,
At the session of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario held yesterday afternoon, the 7th
instant, a resolution was adopted by the House dealing with the request contained in Bill No. 78 of your House asking for an extension of the charter of the Georgian Bay Ship Canal Company.
A properly certified copy of the resolution in question is being forwarded to you through the medium of the Lieutenant-Governor, as is proper in such cases, but as the bill is now before your House for consideration I am taking the iiberty of enclosing herein a copy of the resolution duly certified by me in order that you may be advised of the action of the Ontario assembly.
(Signed) Alex. C. Lewis,
Clerk of the Legislative Assembly.
On motion of Mr. Ferguson, seconded by Mr. Raney,
Resolved, that this House respectfully urges the parliament of Canada not to enact Bill (No. 78) of the House of Commons respecting the Montreal, Ottawa and Georgian Bay Company for the reasons hereinafter set forth:
That the bill proposes to renew a charter to authorize the construction of a canal and the development of water-powers on the Ottawa and the French rivers which said charter has already been in existence for thirty-three years without any evidence of progress toward the accomplishment of the projected canal;
That the application to parliament is an effort on the part of private promoters to secure through the federal parliament the control and ownership of a great and valuable public utility;
That the water-powers in the Ottawa river in inter-provincial waters are the joint property of the provinces of Ontario and Quebec, and that the powers in the French river are wholly situate within Ontario and are the property of the province of Ontario and cannot be rightfully legislated upon by the Dominion parliament;
That the development of these powers is essential to the industry and the prosperity of the two provinces of Ontario and Quebec, and the only effect of federal legislation purporting to vest these powers in a private company will be to retard development, create litigation and impair the public interest;
That the water-powers of the Ottaw'a river, so far as they belong to this province, are an essential part of the public development and distribution of power in Ontario in which the people of this province have already invested upwards of $276,000,000;
That this legislative assembly desires to record its most earnest and emphatic protest against the attempt being made, by means of a private bill in the Dominion parliament, to alienate valuable water-powers from the control and ownership of this province, and thereby deprive the people of Ontario of the advantage of one of our greatest natural resources for the benefit and advantage of private promoters;
That the province of Ontario respectfully urges that the rights guaranteed to the provinces under the federal constitution should be at all times respected by the parliament of Canada;
That this House believes that the occasion calls for a strong and conclusive pronouncement against the proposed legislation as being contrary to the spirit and the terms of confederation and prejudicial to the public interest.
For these and other reasons this House directs that copies of this resolution be forwarded to the Prime Minister of Canada and to the Speakers of the two Houses of Parliament of Canada. _______
The above is a true copy of a resolution
a don ted without a dissenting voice, by the
.Legislative Assembly of Ontario on Monday, March 7, 1927.
(Signed) Alex. C. Lewis,
Clerk-of the Legislative Assembly.
Toronto, March 8th, 1927.