Mr. Louis Duclos (Parliamentary Secretary to Secretary of State for External Affairs):
2. External Affairs records show that in 1965 the Honourable R.G. Williston, British Columbia Minister of Lands, Forests and Water Resources, wrote the Hon. Paul Martin, Secretary of State for External Affairs, to express his province's strong opposition to the NAWAPA proposal. Mr. Martin took note of British Columbia's stand, but reserved his own position on the proposal, which preliminary federal study
had shown to offer no benefits to Canada that could not be derived from a more limited development primarily in Canada. The Hon. Judy LaMarsh, Secretary of State, said in the House of Commons on April 3, 1967, "The NAWAPA, Grand Canal and other suggested schemes diverting water to the United States are based on the as yet unestablished assumptions that there is an economic demand for Canadian water in the United States, that Canada has a surplus, over and above its own requirements, with which it might supply this demand, or part of it, and that it would be in Canada's national interest to export water to the United States." Since then, the NAWAPA scheme has not been raised as an issue and is not an active subject within the federal government at this time.
Subtopic: EXTERNAL AFFAIRS-FOREIGN SERVICE OFFICERS