December 13, 1962 (25th Parliament, 1st Session)


Thomas Rodney Berger

New Democratic Party

Mr. Berger:

Mr. Chairman, I want to talk about the Columbia river treaty. The members of the New Democratic party believe that this treaty is an improvident one. It assigns to Canada the job of storing vast quantities of water, while effectively depriving Canada of the right to use the waters of the Columbia river not only for the purpose of generating electricity but also for agricultural and industrial purposes.
This treaty, if it is proceeded with, will stunt the agricultural and industrial development of British Columbia, and indeed of the prairie provinces, not just for years to come but for generations to come. This country has for years been a country of hewers of wood and drawers of water. Successive governments have been guilty of exporting Canadian resources on a wholesale basis to the United States-our oil, our minerals and our lumber. We have simply, for many, many years, been doing nothing more than that, and this is true not only of this government but of all its predecessors going back over the years. We have been giving up our resources and depriving Canadians of the opportunity to build the kind of industry we will need in this country if we are going to provide the standard of living Canadians have a right to enjoy.

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