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
Subtopic: SUPPLEMENTARY CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN CANADIAN AND UNITED STATES GOVERNMENTS CONCERNING WATER DIVERSION