May 28, 1948

CCF

Thomas John Bentley

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. T. J. BENTLEY (Swift Current):

I should like to ask the Minister of Public Works a question in connection with the bridge at Saskatchewan Landing. Referring to sessional paper No. 201, tabled yesterday, will the minister tell the house if there has been further communication or correspondence since the telegram of May 5 from himself to the Saskatchewan minister of highways; and if so will he table such additional material?

Topic:   SASKATCHEWAN RIVER
Subtopic:   BRIDGE AT OR NEAR SASKATCHEWAN LANDING
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LIB

Alphonse Fournier (Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Hon. ALPHONSE FOURNIER (Minister of Public Works):

I do not know of any other communication in this matter. The only thing I recall is that the governor in council has approved the site and proposed construction, and that a copy of the order in council has been sent to the Premier of Saskatchewan.

Topic:   SASKATCHEWAN RIVER
Subtopic:   BRIDGE AT OR NEAR SASKATCHEWAN LANDING
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DIVISION OF WATERS AMONG THE PRAIRIE PROVINCES


On the orders of the day:


PC

Calvert Charlton Miller

Progressive Conservative

Mr. C. C. MILLER (Portage la Prairie):

I should like to ask the Minister of Agriculture whether order in council P.C. 2413. tabled by the minister today, means that the government of Canada and the governments of the three prairie provinces have agreed or are agreeing upon an ovrer-all scheme to control floods on interprovincial rivers?

Topic:   DIVISION OF WATERS AMONG THE PRAIRIE PROVINCES
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LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Right Hon. J. G. GARDINER (Minister of Agriculture):

No, Mr. Speaker. The meaning

Inquiries oj the Ministry

of the order in council is that 'the three provinces and the dominion are agreeing to the setting up of a board whose duty it will be to make recommendations as to the division of the waters, more particularly in the Saskatchewan river system, among the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Topic:   DIVISION OF WATERS AMONG THE PRAIRIE PROVINCES
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PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. G. DIEFENBAKER (Lake Centre):

I believe the setting up of the water board is a most commendable step, but does this mean that before a dam can be built on the Saskatchewan river it will be necessary to have the consent not only of the governor in council but also of the three prairie provinces?

Topic:   DIVISION OF WATERS AMONG THE PRAIRIE PROVINCES
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LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. GARDINER:

It means that there is a legal division of the water in streams running from one province into another which has to >be established by some authority. That will be established on the advice of this board. Once the amount of water to which Saskatchewan is entitled is established, of course the other question will be determined by whether we are taking more water than we should take.

Topic:   DIVISION OF WATERS AMONG THE PRAIRIE PROVINCES
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PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. DIEFENBAKER:

As I read section 5 it simply means that after the water board has determined allocations, before any steps can be taken there must be unanimity among the three western provinces.

Topic:   DIVISION OF WATERS AMONG THE PRAIRIE PROVINCES
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LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. GARDINER:

To all intents and purposes that is what it will mean. If one of the provinces or if the three provinces desire to have money spent by the federal government, they will have to agree on some division of the water..

Topic:   DIVISION OF WATERS AMONG THE PRAIRIE PROVINCES
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LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. GARDINER:

We are not taking on any lawsuits with regard to t'he amount of water we may take from one province as compared with another. That question will have to be decided and agreed upon, and I presume an order in council will have to be passed by each province.

Topic:   DIVISION OF WATERS AMONG THE PRAIRIE PROVINCES
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IMMIGRATION

AMOUNT OF CASH ALLOWED TO PERSONS ENTERING CANADA FROM BRITAIN


On the orders of the day:


PC

Thomas Langton Church

Progressive Conservative

Mr. T. L. CHURCH (Broadview):

Will the acting minister of immigration make a statement today or early next week with respect to aid granted to immigrants to Canada by allowing those coming from Britain to secure more cash, and what action if any is being or has been taken in the matter?

Topic:   IMMIGRATION
Subtopic:   AMOUNT OF CASH ALLOWED TO PERSONS ENTERING CANADA FROM BRITAIN
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LIB

James Angus MacKinnon (Minister of Fisheries)

Liberal

Hon. J. A. MacKINNON (Acting Minister of Mines and Resources):

I shall be glad to do so.

Topic:   IMMIGRATION
Subtopic:   AMOUNT OF CASH ALLOWED TO PERSONS ENTERING CANADA FROM BRITAIN
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LIVESTOCK

APPLICATION OF BASIC HERD PRINCIPLE TO OTHER DOMESTIC ANIMALS THAN CATTLE


On the orders of the day:


May 28, 1948