Mr. Speaker, I should like to inquire of the Minister of Public Works (Mr. Stewart) if the government has received an application for the approval of plans for the First Narrows bridge at Vancouver. This project has been endorsed by a majority of the citizens of that city and I should like to know the present status of the application.
I might state that an application was received some time ago for approval of these plans under the provisions of the Navigable Waters Protection Act. Since the plans were filed representations have been received both in support of and in opposition to the proposition. Engineers are investigating and the applicants are furnishing certain information which has been asked for. Pending the completion of the report the matter is still in abeyance.
Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Leader of the Opposition):
Mr. Speaker, might I mention to the Prime Minister (Mr. Bennett) that the press appears to have an account of the Dominion Elections Act. Whether or not that account is correct I cannot say but I should like the Prime Minister to indicate when we may expect to receive a copy of the bill.
Mr. Speaker, I regret more than I can say the fact that a statement has appeared in the press. From what source this statement comes, I know not nor have I been able to ascertain. As soon as a draft is prepared, it is my purpose to hand a copy to the leader of the opposition (Mr. Mackenzie King). I am not responsible for what appeared in the press and I deeply regret that such a statement should have been made without any authority. Extraordinary conditions during the past two days have prevented my completing what I was doing with respect to this matter but I hope by the end of the week to be able to hand a copy to the right hon. gentleman.
We desire to have some of the existing legislation put forward a bit before introducing this matter. The draft of the bill is prepared but the schedule is like Jonah's gourd. The right hon. gentleman will understand what I mean.