Hon. Sidney E. Smith (Secretary of State for External Affairs):
Mr. Speaker, on several occasions I have told the house that the government was giving careful consideration to the implications of Bill H.R.l and other draft legislation being considered at the present time by the United States congress for the purpose of diverting 1,000 cubic feet of water per second from lake Michigan into the Illinois river at Chicago.
As I informed the hoiise on February 17, in answer to a question, the government had decided to express to the government of the United States a protest against such proposals for additional diversion of water, which would have a serious effect on the great lakes and the St. Lawrence river. Last Friday afternoon I handed to the minister of the United States embassy an aide memoire containing the objection of the Canadian government to those legislative proposals.
By leave of the house, Mr. Speaker, I ask that the text of the Canadian aide memoire and the text of the United States aide memoire referred to therein be printed as an appendix to the House of Commons debates of today.
Subtopic: CHICAGO DIVERSION-TABLING OF EXCHANGE OF AIDE MEMOIRES