Does the minister recall that at Round lake and at Crooked lake a dam was put in raising the level of the water between four and five feet? That resulted in the flooding of the flats on the Indian reserve and destroying their hay meadows. They used to get about 500 or 600 tons of hay off that land
just west of the lake, but for the last two or three years they have not been able to get any hay from that land, and that has been a terrible blow to the Indians. I have taken that matter up with the Minister of Mines and Resources, and I have had two delegations from the reserve wait on me within the last six months urging me to continue my representations to the minister that the water be lowered, say three feet, draining certain areas, so that the Indians could produce the quantity of hay which they produced previously. But the Minister of 'Mines and Resources would not give these representations any consideration at all. I have been over the location and know exactly the situation. Will the Minister of Agriculture take it into consideration? It would not affect the water in the Qu'Appelle river because, as the minister knows, that is a flat country, and1 the water level in the other lakes would not be affected either. There would be no less water going from the Qu'Appelle lakes into the river. I wish the minister would give this matter his earnest consideration. As I said before, I cannot get any consideration from the other department; and as the minister's department is building the dams and controlling the water, I bring it to his attention now.