Mr. MACKENZIE KING:
I have no personal knowledge of the matter, but I believe that is correct. A significant fact, however, is that thirty years have passed since 1907, and thus far we appear to have escaped anything in the nature of serious international complications. I think our American friends fully understand the terms upon which power is being exported and will understand whatever terms may be inserted in any permission to export power that may be granted.
At the present time a question arises as to what might happen in a critical situation were large quantities of power being exported to the United States. During the last few days we have seen references in the press to alleged representations made in Washington by the New York power authorities in conference with the president and to views said to be entertained by the president con-
cerning the significance of any extensive export of power from Canada to the United States. While there is no possibility, I imagine, of war arising at any time between, this country and the United States, none of us can say that there are not possibilities at some time in the future-I hope and pray they may never arise-that the United States, may be drawn into a war into which Canada may not be drawn, or conceivably that Canada might be drawn into a war into which, as for awhile was the case during the great war, the United States may not be drawn. In either case the question might arise as to how far neutrality was being preserved by the country that was not at war if, on the one hand, it was supplying power to a nation that was at war, or on the other was receiving from: a nation that was at war the power to develop-some of its industries producing essential war supplies. I believe that question is important enough to mention as a consideration of which account should be taken in considering possible future complications, and of course it is something that will have to be considered in the event of further exports of power.
These are all important considerations. If the house will permit me, I should like, for a few minutes after we resume, to place on the record one or two statements which bear out the contentions I have been making with respect to the pros and cons of the export of power. I hope, however, that enough has already been said to convince hon. members not only that there is ample justification for the government bringing forward this legislation at the present time but also for giving it the particular form it has, namely requiring that power shall hereafter be exported from Canada only with the approval of parliament, and that in the light of all existing circumstances and the merits of the case,, realizing that there is much to be said both, for and against the export of power, and that the course it may be wisest to take can best be decided only after all sides have been heard and all relevant facts carefully considered.
At six o'clock the house took recess.
The house resumed at eight o'clock..
Subtopic: TRANSFER TO PARLIAMENT OF CONTROL OF EXPORT EXCEPT IN INTERNATIONAL EMERGENCY