Hon. CHARLES STEWART (Minister of the Interior) moved the third reading of Bill No. 58, respecting the transfer of the natural resources of Saskatchewan.
He said: I have just been asked to make
a short explanation covering Saskatchewan in order that the information may be on Hansard. Some question arose ias to the rights of the lessee on lake Manitou, and I propose reading what Colonel Biggar, who has been advising us in these matters, has been pleased to send me as reply:
As to water rights, I am informed that when the agreements were negotiated it -was understood by all concerned that these passed to the province as completely as all other interests of the crown, and that is my present understanding. Water rights like all other rights, merely continue to be administered under Dominion legislation until other provision is made by the provincial legislature, and the minister undertakes that no water right is granted unless and until there is a very definite and binding undertaking that the rights of the public will be protected with respect to lake Manitou.
Motion agreed to and bill read the third time and passed.