Hon. W. M. Benidickson (Minister of Mines and Technical Surveys):
Mr. Speaker, the hon. member for Port Arthur (Mr. Fisher) has referred to some of the spectacular discoveries minewise that have developed near Timmins in a territory in which he is as interested as I am. His question on the order paper was what part, if any, did the minister and his officials play in the negotiations and discussions between the Ontario department of
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The reason is that our department is a department of research. I think that in the early stages we played a very great part through the new opportunities that are available, with helicopters, airplanes and other overhead means of getting the value of the ground underneath, but personally I had nothing to do with this. Afterwards our department plays a very big part in co-operating with industry, following a discovery of this kind.
We have here in Ottawa several of what are almost factories of a fabulous nature that would help them to utilize the ores that they might get out of their ground. The hon. member for Port Arthur has raised this question of co-operation with the provincial government. The staking was entirely through provincial agencies, and the federal minister heard nothing about this. There are some additional properties that have some potential-