Right Hon. L. S. St. Laurent (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, I have not seen such reports, and if they are as summarized in the hon. gentleman's question they are quite inaccurate. The situation remains the same as I stated it to be in answer to questions by the Leader of the Opposition and the hon. member for Assiniboia on March 28, as reported at page 2767 of Hansard of that day.
There had been a letter from me to the premier of Saskatchewan dated, I think, March 21, in which I informed him that we were still not in a position to make a recommendation to parliament about that project, and that in view of the newspaper reports we had seen concerning a change in the attitude of the government of Saskatchewan, if that change really existed and he chose to inform us about it, as the matter frequently came up for discussion, that information would be a new factor which would be part of the consideration and would indicate the importance the government of Saskatchewan attached to the project. But the answer I received from the premier does not constitute
Inquiries of the Ministry an agreement to three conditions as would apparently be indicated in this report to which the question refers.
Subtopic: SOUTH SASKATCHEWAN RIVER