Hon. George H. Hees (Minister of Transport):
Mr. Speaker, in view of recent press reports I would like to make a brief statement.
A few weeks ago Mr. Charles Gavsie, president of the St. Lawrence seaway authority, advised me that for almost a year he had been considering accepting a position with a private law firm in Montreal and that the time was rapidly approaching when he must make a decision in this matter. He advised me he would like to resign his position as president of the St. Lawrence seaway authority on January 31 next and enter the law firm on that date.
In spite of my best efforts to persuade him to at least postpone this decision until after the opening of the seaway, he thought he could not do so without jeopardizing the opportunity now afforded him, and for this reason he is tendering his resignation effective January 31, 1958.