I had hoped to be able to welcome the new minister at this point. We were told the ministers were all going to be here. This item has to do with the water resources branch and would be the item under which consideration would be given to the offer made to the government of British Columbia in connection with the Columbia river project. I know that there is no amount
Supply-Northern Affairs of money for that here, and I am not going to take up any time, but I do want to put on the record a reference to Hansard of March 26, 1957, where the Hon. Jean Lesage, then minister of northern affairs, put on the record the offer made by Hon. James Sinclair, who was then the minister of fisheries and a minister from British Columbia, on behalf of the previous administration, for federal aid for the development of the Columbia river. I put it on the record because the Minister of Finance questioned what I said yesterday when I said that the offer of the present government was, in all essential respects, identical with the offer made by the previous government. I think the facts should be on the record.