May 28, 1948 (20th Parliament, 4th Session)


René Jutras



Has the minister had any communication with Manitoba with regard to work being done in the southeastern part of that province? The minister will recall that last year and the year before, I pointed out that there was a great deal of work to be done in the southeast corner of the province, east of the Red river. This area has two or three very large swamps which overflow every spring. There are only two small rivers, the Rat and the Roseau, to take the water away and their banks are not high enough to take care of the flow, so that there is an overflow over the country generally every spring, which makes it very difficult for people to settle there. They have to restrict their settlement to the higher places.
In the past the argument brought forward by officials of P.F.R.A. was that it was more a problem of drainage than irrigation. However, an engineer has come out with the suggestion that probably one storage dam located somewhere on the Roseau about the centre of the area would hold back the main waters from the swamp, and the rivers would then be able to take care of the rest of the drainage. There are several thousand acres that could be settled and cultivated and put to real use in that area with proper drainage. I commend this project to the minister. I was given to understand that he had discussed it on many occasions with the officials. Is the minister in a position to make a statement on that?

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