November 23, 1984 (33rd Parliament, 1st Session)


John Wise (Minister of Agriculture)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Wise:

Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the Hon. Member's question. 1 have some appreciation for his concern, particularly with reference to the part of this province that he represents. I am aware of the importance of the agreement because I can recall travelling to Kemptville when we were in government in 1979 and indeed signing the agreement.
As an old municipal politician, I have an appreciation of the importance of farm drainage. I must apologize to the Hon. Member that I cannot give him an exact, accurate update as to where we now stand with reference to the agreement or the subagreement. However, I would invite him to call my office where my officials would be very happy to brief the Hon.
Member on the status of the eastern Ontario agreement. That is, whether or not a subagreement has been signed.
I think something must have progressed because when I met the farm leaders of eastern Ontario last Tuesday, I believe, in their documentation one of the members applauded us for taking immediate action in providing funding for that agreement. They were extremely appreciative, so we must have made some type of progress.

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