May 4, 1908 (10th Parliament, 4th Session)


William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)



I do not desire to take any strong objection to this Bill, if it is the view of the committee that it should pass. But I would call attention to the fact that it is purely local in its character. It is a Bill to incorporate a company for the development of a water power on the Saskatchewan river, simply in one province. I would think myself that this is peculiarly an undertaking which ought to be under the control of the province, and that the company ought to be incorporated by the province. I do not know whether the committee to which the Bill was referred has given that matter consideration. My own view would be that progress should be reported, and that this point should be considered. If we keep on, we may before long be in conflict with the province of Saskatchewan, just as we are with the province of Ontario.

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