Mr. Chairman, there was a bit of hassle in the committee before the adjournment regarding a purported statement made by the hon. member for Laurier. During the luncheon adjournment I checked Hansard
for a number of years, but have not been able to pinpoint this particular statement. I have conversed with the hon. member for Laurier and feel that there is no disagreement between us about the statement having been made.
There apparently was agreement among all members of the house regarding enactment of the St. Lawrence seaway project bill. I understand one hon. member took exception to this suggestion, but I am unaware of it being recorded in Hansard.
I am bewildered by the fact that there was not much debate, and great consideration given to the matter of charging tolls on this project. There was, of course, a considerable lapse of time between the original decision to go ahead with the project and agreement being reached between United States and Canada. At one time agreement was reached between these two nations but that agreement was never ratified. It was intended at that time that the project should be proceeded with to suply power essential to the defence of these nations. That was certainly agreed upon.
I should like to offer some explanation as to why there was no question about or opposition to the charging of tolls on the St. Lawrence seaway. I should also like to seek information regarding the lack of opposition to the imposition of tolls on the Welland canal. I will, however, submit my views in respect to this lack of opposition.