Hon. George Prudham (Minister of Mines and Technical Surveys):
Mr. Speaker, at the last sitting of the house the hon. member for Vancouver South (Mr. Laing) asked me to make a statement with regard to the proposals of the Department of Mines and Technical Surveys to survey iron ore in the province of British Columbia.
The geological survey of Canada has already made considerable investigation of the British Columbia iron ore deposits. Investigations made prior to 1925 were compiled in a report by G. A. Young and W. L. Uglow, entitled "The Iron Ores of Canada, Volume 1, British Columbia and Yukon" (Economic Geology Series No. 3). This report indicates iron ore minerals at fifty-seven localities in British Columbia. These iron ore deposits are dealt with quite fully in this report, and a rough estimate given of the potential tonnage of ore containing more than fifty per cent iron.
In 1930 further geological field work was conducted in the Buttle lake area, Vancouver island.
In 1950 geological survey party, in charge of Dr. J. W. Hoadley, made extensive studies in the vicinity of Zeballos, Vancouver island.
The British Columbia department of mines published a report in 1942 by A. G. McKee and Company, engineers and contractors, of Cleveland, entitled "Report on Proposed Iron and Steel Works."
The geological survey of Canada has no new plans for 1951 dealing specifically with iron ore deposits in British Columbia. However, the field work of Dr. J. W. Hoadley in
the Zeballos area will be continued, and this will include mapping and studies of potential iron deposits.
Subtopic: SURVEY OF IRON ORE IN BRITISH COLUMBIA