March 21, 1938


Electric Power-Water Diversion respectively, for the purchase of seed grain and for providing other assistance to farmers in connection with seeding operations during the spring of 1938; the liability of the government of Canada in respect of such guarantees not to exceed in the aggregate the sum of $1,900,000 in respect of Alberta and $13,500,000 in respect of Saskatchewan. Hon. CHARLES A. DUNNING (Minister of Finance); Mr. Speaker, I have asked that this item be called in order that I may ask that it be discharged. There is an error in the resolution, and I desire therefore to have it discharged in order that I may bring in a notice in the proper form with a resolution properly drawn, and indicating the proper sums of money, preceded of course by another message. Order discharged.


ELECTRIC POWER

SUPPLEMENTARY CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN CANADIAN AND UNITED STATES GOVERNMENTS CONCERNING WATER DIVERSION

LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):

On January 27, 1938, the Canadian government, through the agency of the Canadian minister to the United States, addressed a note to the United States government regarding the project of the Ontario government and the Hydro-Electric Power Commission to divert water from the Keno-gami river into lake Superior, this note being included in the white paper tabled on February 28, 1938. The reply of the United States government has now been received in the form of a note dated March 17, 1938, from their Secretary of State to the Canadian minister in Washington.

At the same time there has been received a memorandum also dated March 17, 1938, from the United States Department .of State, stating the views of the United States government on the importation of hydro-electric power from Canada, and allied questions. Both notes, and the memorandum, were delivered to the Canadian minister on March 18.

I beg leave to table copies of the communications from the United States government, as well as a copy of a letter of March 21 from the Prime Minister of Canada, to the premier of Ontario in this connection. The correspondence being tabled is being printed in a supplement to the white paper tabled in the House of Commons on February 28. It is expected that copies of this supplement to the white paper will be available for distribution to members of parliament by noon to-morrow. The correspondence is being translated at the

present time, and it is expected that the French text of the supplement will be available on Wednesday.

On motion of Mr. Mackenzie King, the house adjourned at 10.50 pm.

Tuesday, March 22, 1938

Topic:   ELECTRIC POWER
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